The last A380 leaves the assembly line in Toulouse

Johanna Koyser
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Now it is official: the glorious era of the Airbus A380 is drawing to a close. Because not only airlines are bidding farewell to the giant, but also Airbus itself. Yesterday, Wednesday, the last A380 rolled out of the final assembly hall. While Airbus had planned to shut down production in two years at the beginning of 2019, this time has now been shortened.

However, the last A380 with the construction number MSN 272 is still anything but ready to fly. Because the most important thing is still missing: the Trent 972 turbofan engines from Rolls-Royce. They will soon be installed on the last A380. Also in Toulouse, but in a different assembly hall. So Station 40, from which the MSN 272 rolled out yesterday, is empty for the time being. A380s have been assembled there for 16 years and currently there is no concrete plan for the future. Airbus planned to use Station 40 for the assembly of A321 planes, but this plan was recently rejected. Nevertheless, there was a worthy farewell for the last A380. In Toulouse, Guillaume Faury and Philipp Mhun once again paid tribute to the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Once the engines have been assembled, the last A380 will be awaiting delivery along with eight others. The MSN 272 will be put into service by Emirates. At the moment, the appropriate paint scheme is still missing, because portraits of Airbus employees are still decorating the “naked” aircraft.

Picture © Julie Kitcher / Airbus – Twitter

by Johanna Koyser

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