Chemistry Board

Airbus SAS have abandoned their target of selling 30 A380 superjumbo jets this year, as airlines opt for smaller, less-expensive airliners in an economic slump.

"The big aircraft market has been slowing down,” explained Airbus Sales Chief John Leahy. Airbus has struggled with its flagship model, after cracks emerged in wing components and output in the first half only reached a third of the annual goal of 30 deliveries.

The A380, which typically seats about 520 passengers on two decks, is Airbus’s response to Boeing Co. (BA)’s 747 jumbo. Boeing have also been experiencing a disappointing return in sales.

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