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The end of the A380 - a farewell with melancholy

Only 17 A380 to be built by 2021 - in the end. The end of production of the giant plane triggers a lot of nostalgia. Economically, Airbus remained but no choice

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The end of the A380 - a farewell with melancholy

Only 17 A380 to be built by 2021 - in the end. The end of production of the giant plane triggers a lot of nostalgia. Economically, Airbus remained but no choice, made group CEO Enders.

The Airbus A380, has always aroused the hopes and emotions - in the case of passengers, engineers, and crews. It's hardly surprising that the production end of the Riesenjets for melancholy.

The outgoing Airbus chief Tom Enders decision, spoke of a painful. You've put a lot of effort, money, and sweat in the passenger aircraft, he said. "But in business we must make our decision on the Basis of feelings or Desires, but based on facts." They wanted to continue to support the A380-fleet - in this respect, it is also not the end of the program.

praise from the Lufthansa ...

A similar tone Lufthansa-Chef Carsten Spohr to be true. The plane was a "masterpiece" from Europe and "outstanding". "Our customers and our Crews love the aircraft." At the same time, he stressed the limited cost-effectiveness. A more profitable use of the A380 is "only on the extremely in-demand routes possible," said Spohr, on the sidelines of a conference in Addis Ababa.

In January 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel christened an Airbus A380 of Lufthansa on the name "Germany".

... understanding of the trade-Union

Even the IG Metall responded with understanding to the decision-making of the company. "It is a pity to the beautiful aviators," said Meinhard Geiken, district head of the IG Metall coast. "But the decision of the Board of management is understandable, since the A380 is sold."

Other Airbus programs were still running well. The employees had to the North German locations by the models A320, A330 and A350 plenty of work. Redundancies are excluded by a collective agreement until the end of next year. "This scheme, we intend to expand and employment in the long term," said Geiken.

Airbus announced talks with the workers ' side. The end of the A380 program affects 3000 to 3500. According to the company, there will be numerous opportunities for internal change. Parts of the A380 series, are manufactured at Airbus locations in Germany, including Hamburg, Bremen, Stade and Augsburg.

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tagesschau24 11:00 PM, 14.02.2019, Jan Liebold, NDR

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