Blow to EU Industry as Airbus Stops Making A380

Decision to halt production of the world's largest passenger aircraft raises questions about the health of European industry at time of slowing growth and global trade worries

James Gard 18 February, 2019 | 8:38AM

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Airbus’s (AIR) decision to stop making the A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, from 2021 has sent shockwaves through the aerospace industry and prompted fears over a slowdown in European industry and loss of jobs.

The move, just 12 years after the A380 entered service as a rival to Boeing’s iconic 747 jumbo jet, could have a knock-on effect on other sectors and companies at a time when European growth is grinding to a halt: Italy has just entered recession and Germany’s economy posted 0% growth in the last quarter, while Brexit and the US-China trade dispute are obvious headwinds for globalised industries such as aerospace and automotive.

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