No more A380s for Air France and Lufthansa?

24 Sep 2014 by GrahamSmith

Air France and Lufthansa have both revealed they are unlikely to place more orders for the A380.

The news could spell major trouble for Airbus, as it is looking increasingly unlikely that the manufacturer will recoup the investment costs associated with the superjumbo's development.

In the case of Air France, the carrier is currently undergoing restructuring, and has confirmed it is unlikely to take delivery of the final two A380s it has on order.

It is not clear if the French national carrier will face penalties should it cap its Airbus superjumbo fleet at ten, two short of the 12 planes ordered, reports Reuters.

Speaking at the Istat Europe conference, Bruno Delile, Air France-KLM’s senior vice president of new aircraft and corporate fleet planning, said: "I think we are pretty much fine with ten aircraft today."

Lufthansa, meanwhile, has no plans to expand its current A380 fleet.

The airline's executive vice president for fleet management, Nico Buchholz, said Lufthansa is satisfied with its current fleet and order book, calling it a "good fit for current needs and future needs".

Clement Huang

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