He is saying that the big state airlines like EU3 have no drive in them to innovate since they have a captive population whereas city states of Dubai and Singapore have to please and attract other people Also he talks about obvious size limitations but not of technical limitations of single deck airlplanes . He also says that it was Airbus that pushed him toward converting an order from A380 to A350/A330.
he CEO of Air France has recently disqualified the A380 as having always been difficult and now obsolete. What is your take on this?
Clark: The A380 was a misfit for Air France. They never scaled, they only have ten aircraft. Yes, we faced the same teething problems, but we dealt with them because we were scaled enough to deal with it.
The whole approach to the A380 at Air France and Lufthansa was ‘just more of the same.’ They lost the opportunity to really define it. They never ordered any more. British Airways didn’t order any more. BA should have had the same number of A380s as we have, hundred of those.
After you only signed the contract to buy more A380s in February last year, all then unravelled fairly quickly afterwards. How come?
Clark: In November 2018 we had a grown-up discussion with Toulouse. It was clear to us that Toulouse was struggling with the aeroplane. They would have continued to build it but on a bespoke basis which would have cost a fortune.
Will there be second thoughts at Airbus about terminating the A380 program?
Clark: Airbus will rue the day that they cancelled the A380.
They only have 7 left to receive. I heard on a tv show that that the last will be manufactured in may 2020.