The Airbus A380 (4)

CNBC explores how the Airbus A380 became the biggest passenger plane in the world and what the future looks like for the giant jet.

Introduced in 2007, the Airbus A380, initially dominated as the world’s largest passenger plane with four engines and over 800 seats, easing congestion at major airports.

However, declining orders and the rise of fuel-efficient aircraft led to Airbus discontinuing the A380 program in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic further impacted its operation due to size and operating costs.

Despite this, some airlines bring the A380 out of retirement. Airbus anticipates its continued operation for the next two decades, currently flown by 10 airlines, including Emirates, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, and British Airways.

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