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Emirates Retires Its First A380

On Tuesday, Emirates officially retired its first A380 jumbo jet. The aircraft, registered as A6-EDB, has been in Emirates’ fleet for 12 years and completed its final flight on Oct. 27. While this retirement is not a direct causality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the once-reverenced "Eighth Wonder" is slowly withdrawing from the skies as airlines struggle to fill its seats to capacity. A6-EDB’s History and Final Flight A6-EDB was the thirteenth A380 built by Airbus and took its first flight…

Singapore Airlines Temporarily Converts Airbus A380 into a Restaurant

As more airlines across the world introduce “flights to nowhere,” Singapore Airlines has taken a step back from that idea with a revolutionary new way to increase cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the airline has decided to not continue its own flights to nowhere, it has introduced new…

Final A380 Completes Production

The final Airbus A380 aircraft rolled off the production line Wednesday, marking the end of close to two decades of development and production of the aircraft type. Airbus announced the program would be brought to a close in 2019 as orders for the aircraft dwindled. The aircraft isn’t completely done…

Due to Weak Recovery, Lufthansa Further Reduces Fleet and Staff

The summer has passed and the prospects for the aviation industry's recovery are once again exhausted. The high season ends and, except for some signs of recovery in demand that was seen in July and August, the market again shows the impact of COVID-19 on European aviation. For that reason,…

Emirates Restarts More African Routes as Optimism Improves

Emirates has announced it will resume passenger operations to Lagos and Abuja, both in Nigeria, beginning September 7 and September 9 respectively as the airline gradually resumes operations with the safety of its customers, crew and communities as its top priority. The resumption of passenger flights to both the Nigerian…

Qantas Reports Second Highest Loss In Company’s History

Sydney-based Qantas announced its consolidated fiscal year results marking the depth of the crisis caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s flag carrier posted a statutory loss of 2.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) for the fiscal year ended June 30, which is the second-highest loss in Qantas's century-long history.…

Singapore Airlines, Qantas to Send A380s to Desert for Storage

Singapore Airlines has sent six of its 19 Airbus A380 aircraft to the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (ASPA) located at Alice Springs, Australia for long-term storage. The airline aims at preserving its super-jumbos from Singapore’s high humidity environment, which poses corrosion risk for the aircraft. The climate of Alice Springs…

Air France Will Bid Farewell to Its A380s on Friday

Hit hard by the collapse of air traffic due to ongoing pandemic, Air France abruptly had to retire its entire A380 fleet in May. The aircraft will take to the skies for the last time with the Air France livery on Friday, eleven years after it entered service at the…

Emirates’ Airbus A380 Fleet Set to Return to the Skies…

The iconic double-decker will take to the skies with flights to London and Paris starting from July 15 as announced by the airline on Tuesday. The airline, which has been forced to ground all superjumbos in its fleet due to the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, will operate the…

Emirates Weighs Cancelling A380 Orders as Airbus Continues Production in…

A spokesperson from Airbus told AirlineGeeks in an email on Thursday that there are five A380 aircraft that are in the assembly phase in Toulouse, including the last double-decker to be built. “Regarding production, we still have eight aircraft in the production process including the MSN 272 parts of which…