MIAMI — In its most recent orders and deliveries report, Airbus cancelled an order for two A380s from Réunion-based Air Austral. The company pulled out the order from the books after several delivery deferrals.
In 2009, Air Austral planned to have in these aircraft a 840-seat single-class configuration—the highest ever in a passenger aircraft—and these would have been deployed for a single-class service between Réunion and Paris.
Currently, Emirates operates the highest seat capacity in an A380 with 615 seats. The new cabin configuration was presented at the 2015 Dubai Air Show.
Despite this cancellation, Airbus registered two new orders for the A380 for Emirates. Last January, the aircraft gained a brief sales momentum as Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) would order three A380s, intended to be deployed in ANA’s Hawaii routes, while Iran Air would join the double-decker club with a dozen A380s, as part of a deal between Airbus and the government of Iran for over 110 aircraft.
Regardless of these announcements, the A380 program’s future remains unclear as no firm order has been placed yet. The last month, Air France announced that it would not take delivery of two A380 pending at the time, while Virgin Atlantic opted to cancel its six aircraft order.
Airbus’ First Quarter Performance
The first quarter of 2016 was a rough one for Airbus. The company only managed to book 10 net orders, compared to 102 orders reaped during the same period in 2015.
During the first quarter, Airbus delivered 125 aircraft to 49 customers, including 103 A320 family aircraft, (of these, five were A320neos), thirteen A330s, four A350s and five A380s. At the end of March, the order book stood at 6.716 aircraft.