The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at both Airbus and Boeing, reports Reuters.
“Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes,” writes Alwyn Scott, who covers commercial aerospace for the news agency.
Only a handful of commercial airlines are even flying Airbus’ A380, which entered service in 2007, and Boeing’s 747-8, which entered commercial service in 2012.
If neither airplane makers can generate new interest in the monstrous four-engine jetliners, the jumbo jet might become a relic.
Here are some links to the Herald’s coverage of the 747-8’s struggles:
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