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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced plans to stop the production of the world’s largest commercial passenger plane, the A380 superjumbo, by 2021 – AIWA! NEWS INTERNATIONAL
Airbus announced on February 14 that it will stop the production of the A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, by 2021.
The announcement came after Dubai-based Emirates Airlines slashed its planned fleet size of A380s by 39 aircraft, from 162 to 123. Emirates will now only take 14 additional A380s over the next two years. The company will instead purchase 70 smaller A330neo and A350 wide-bodied jets. Three will be delivered to Japan’s ANA airlines.
The A380 was the European answer to the US’ Boeing 747, but the former entered the market at a time when most airlines were changing over to smaller and faster aircraft. Airlines were reluctant to use a place that was difficult to fill, given 500 passenger capacity. With four rather than two engines, it was also costly to fly.
The first commercial flight of the €400 million A380 was carried out by Singapore Airlines in 2007. The project barely survived the 2008 financial crisis thanks mainly to its two major customers – Emirates and Singapore airlines.
MITT ROMNEY: “A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. … And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
In a sign of how unhappiness with Trump’s performance is increasing among senior Republicans, Romney – still regarded as a potential challenger for the highest US office – says Trump has ‘not risen to the mantle of the office’. December marked a ‘deep descent’, he says, citing the departures of senior staff and the ‘abandonment’ of US allies.
Romney, who will be sworn in tomorrow as senator for Utah, gives credit to Trump for some of his trade policies, his reform of criminal justice and his appointment of conservative justices.
However, he says a president should ‘demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect’. Trump’s ‘shortfall’ in this area has been ‘glaring’, he says.
Romney points to the ‘dismay’ caused around the world by Trump’s words and actions, citing polls showing confidence that he would do the right thing in world affairs had fallen from 84 per cent to only 16 per cent in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden.
He mourns the lack of American leadership, calling for ‘the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us’.
He said: ‘I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.’
Romney concluded with an expression of optimism about the future for the US, saying: ‘The people of this great land will eschew the politics of anger and fear if they are summoned to the responsibility by leaders in homes, in churches, in schools, in businesses, in government – who raise our sights and respect the dignity of every child of God – the ideal that is the essence of America.’