Airbus A380 gave a very promising entry to the aviation world 10 years ago in 2007. Today it is flying into dark future, all the more after the three devastating engine failures in her lifespan.
In 2010, a Qantas A380 Flight 32 suffered an uncontained engine failure when it was flying from Singapore to Sydney which was powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.
Then in May 2017, another Qantas A380 flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne suffered a contained engine failure about two hours into the flight and returned to Los Angeles.
Now, in Oct 2017, Air France A380 suffered a massive uncontained engine failure when it was flying over Atlantic Ocean and diverted to GooseBay, Canada.
Apart from in-flight engine failures, Airbus announced that it was forced to postpone deliveries of 12 A380s to its largest customer, Emirates, over the next two years due to issues with Rolls Royce engines. The continuous devastating engine failures that hit the headlines around the world is definitely putting the pressure on Airbus.
Lately, none of the airlines are considering A380, and notably out of 100 orders placed by Iran Air, none were A380. Then lately world’s biggest operator of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, Emirates said it’s reluctant to place a further order for A380s until the future of the slow-selling model becomes clear.
In a bit to keep the superjumbo survive the competitive market, Airbus unveiled ‘A380 plus’ and expected to get orders. Unfortunately there is no interest shown among airlines for A380plus as expected.
In the mean time, Airbus has outlined a reduction of the A380’s production rate to one aircraft a month by 2018. According to Airbus website, there were 317 orders for the A380 at June 31 2017, with 217 delivered. Actually if your look closely there were only 16 aircraft orders since 2012, with Virgin Airlines ordering 6
Will the superjumbo survive the turbulence?