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“It is the ugli­est, beast­li­est town in the uni­verse” – find out what 18th-cen­tury tourists thought of Europe’s great cities: tele­graph. co.uk/tt-quotes in 2005, but the eco­nom­ics of op­er­at­ing it have proved off-putting for air­lines.

There were just two new or­ders in 2015 and none in 2016 or 2017. Emi­rates – the A380’s big­gest cus­tomer – threw it a life­line with a fresh or­der in Jan­uary, but other air­lines re­main un­moved. Last year Sin­ga­pore Air­lines re­turned two 11-year-old A380s to a Ger­man leas­ing com­pany, Dr Peters Group. The Ger­man firm then an­nounced in June that the planes would be stripped and sold for parts be­cause it had failed to se­cure a new op­er­a­tor (BA was among those ap­proached).

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