Air France just retired its Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, a superjumbo which made its first flight just 15 years ago. Here's how it went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 years
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The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger and most expensive airliner in the world.

The superjumbo, which made its first test flight on April 27, 2005, has now been in service with airlines for more than a decade.

Airbus has booked just 251 orders for the plane and has struggled to find buyers — 242 of those orders have been delivered as of the end of February 2020. 

The A380 is too big, expensive, and inefficient for most operators, and most have been grounded during...

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