"Airbus plunged deeper into crisis yesterday as customers reacted with fury to its suggestion that it may stop producing the fabled A380 super-jumbo in 2018 because of poor sales" (only 318 orders since 2001). ... "Sir Tim one of the aviation industrys most influential leaders urged the company to invest with Britains Rolls-Royce in building better engines to improve fuel consumption, rather than scrapping the whole A380 project." Meanwhile, the American counterpart to the Airbus, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is enjoying higher sales than the A380 (1,055 orders since 2004) but it's costing more than the sales price to build each plane. Boeing expects to start making money after they've sold 1,100 planes (likely sometime in 2015). So will the current drastic drop in fuel costs (currently below $60/barrel) save the A380 super-jumbo? If so, Europeans will have to thank American fracking for that reduction.