Qantas decision fuels doubt over future of superjumbo

Qantas deploys the A380 on longhaul flights (AAP)
Qantas deploys the A380 on longhaul flights (AAP)

Qantas Airways have said they are unlikely to take delivery of the remaining eight "double decker" A380s they have on order with manufacturer Airbus, putting the future of the aircraft further in doubt.

In a speech at an airline conference in Brisbane, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said current demand is being met by the 12 A380s they already have in their fleet.

To rub salt into Airbus' wound, Qantas also said any growth would be catered for by the arrival of the 787-9 Dreamliner produced by Airbus rival, Boeing.

Qantas deploys the A380 on longhaul flights, with superjumbos flying routes like Sydney to London via Dubai or direct from Sydney or Melbourne to Dallas or Los Angeles.

Last month Airbus announced it would cut production of the A380s from 27 per year to just 12.

Emirates are by far the biggest customer for the A380, they have 81 in their fleet with 61 yet to be delivered.

Each Airbus costs more than $595 million.