Aviation workhorses

The first A380 delivered to Singapore Airlines arrives at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, southern France in 2007. Reuters
The first A380 delivered to Singapore Airlines arrives at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, southern France in 2007. Reuters

What should frequent flyers make of Airbus contemplating ending production of the A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, because of waning demand? Singapore Airlines was the first to fly the superjumbo commercially but it has announced it would not retain the first A380 it leased when its 10-year deal expires next year.

Contrast that with the Boeing 747, the first wide-body jet and the plane that popularised modern airline travel. Since its first commercial flight in 1970, the Jumbo became the workhorse of the skies and remains in production, although it too is facing the axe because of diminishing orders.

This increasingly rapid obsolescence might be of concern to passengers if it was being driven by anything other than the introduction of aircraft that are newer, more comfortable, faster and more fuel efficient. This is creative destruction at its more beneficial, and easier long-haul journeys is progress we can all endorse.

Published: September 15, 2016 04:00 AM

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