Is Airbus about to pull the plug on the world’s biggest passenger plane?

Airbus is preparing to halt production of the world’s largest passenger jet as it waits anxiously on a key order from Emirates.

The Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer, which developed the A380 at a cost of €11billion (£9.7bn), was hoping to sign a deal with the Gulf carrier, and largest operator of the superjumbo, for 36 new planes worth $16billion (£11.9bn).

But after talks broke down at the Dubai Air Show in December, it is understood Airbus is now establishing plans for shutting down production of the A380.

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“If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” a person briefed on the plans told Reuters. A spokesperson for the manufacturer told Telegraph Travel: "We do not comment on any such speculations especially while campaigns are active and ongoing."

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