Qatar Airways Backtracks on A380 Withdrawal, Cites A350 Issues

Qatar Airways has revealed that it will return at least five Airbus A380s to service from this November, a complete U-turn on the company's decision to permanently withdraw the fleet due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker informed Executive Traveller of the decision…

Emirates Adds A380 to Istanbul Flights

The summer — normally when passenger travel demand is at its peak — is gradually coming to an end, but this past summer was like no other as there was a significant surge in leisure travel demand compared to the year prior. Fall is right around the corner, and the…

Emirates Plans A380 Service to Johannesburg from 31 October as…

During the heart of the pandemic, the world’s largest passenger transport aircraft, Airbus A380, was strongly criticized for inefficiency during the air crisis, leading to most operators retiring the type. However, that was then as better days begin to appear on the horizon of the giant of two floors. The…

Emirates to Receive Last A380s in November As Production Ends

Dubai-based Emirates announced on Wednesday its intention to receive the final three of its Airbus A380s in November of this year, putting an end to Airbus's 14-year run building the iconic double-decker aircraft. The three aircraft were originally planned to be delivered to the carrier by June 2022. However the…

British Airways Hints at Return of A380s With Extended Maintenance…

almost all commercial aircraft variants, regardless of manufacturer, have felt some type of impact from the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Airbus A380 has certainly been dealt the worst of it when the greater majority of the global fleet was grounded. Worse still, international carriers such as Air France and Lufthansa…

Inside Victorville Airport, 400 Pandemic-Stricken Airliners Face an Uncertain Future

Head through the Mojave Desert and up Interstate 15 just north of Los Angeles, and you’ll find a relatively small, unsuspecting airport with no commercial air service. Airfields such as this one aren’t uncommon in California, but this particular one stands out. ComAv Technical Services, located at Southern California Logistics…

Malaysia Airlines to Retire Airbus A380s

The Airbus A380 sure is an aircraft that came late for the era it was launched in. While the Airbus super-jumbo provides more seating capacity than any other commercial aircraft out there, it is also no longer a favorite for airlines given its high operating costs and the availability of…

Airbus Sends Off Last Toulouse-Built A380

The Airbus A380 has departed Toulouse, France, for the final time, 15 years after being unveiled to the world as Airbus' challenge to the Boeing 747. The aircraft, carrying MSN (Manufacturers Serial Number) 272, will eventually be delivered to Emirates. The airframe itself was first spotted back in September 2020…

Qatar Airways to Retire Half of its A380 Fleet

Qatar Airways announced that it is likely to only bring back half of the A380s it has on its fleet once demand levels recover. This is five out of the 10 aircraft possessed by the Doha-based carrier At a CAPA live event held on Wednesday, January 13; Qatar Airways CEO…