A few weeks ago, Tony Douglas, the head of the UAE airline Etihad, gave the A380 a very minimal chance of getting back on the market, although he added: “Never say never”.
The company’s 10 machines are now in long-term warehouses in France and Spain. Douglas, a Super Flyingnak in his particular interview, he listed several reasons why the machines could not be operated economically.
According to him any machine with more than two engines is simply not competitive. Plus, the four units in the A380 are outdated, not comparable to modern aircraft like the Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s.
The company can run two and a half 787 Dreamliners from the money it will cost to exhibit an A380.
With a capacity of 494 people for the A380 and -299 or 336 people for the 787, depending on the design, it is not difficult to calculate how much better it is for the airline to operate smaller aircraft.
Douglas also admits that customers are very disappointed because the experience that a Superjumbo can provide cannot be surpassed by anything else. The airline’s biggest profit is in selling luxury cabin seats, but serving mass tourism is currently on the agenda.
Douglas made it clear that Etihad is not an Airbus A380 shelter, they are not a charity. Huge machines can return when they become economical to operate.
It would be good to live in a world where A380s can be converted into two machines with economical chassis, but that’s not a reality in today’s conditions, he added.
Lufthansa is also saying goodbye
Lufthansa also recently put its last A380 in Teruel, Spain, for long-term storage, now all of their giant planes are resting from the company’s 14-piece fleet.
Air France withdrew the planes last year
Air France said goodbye to its A380 fleet in the summer of 2020. THE hvg.hu according to an earlier article, the French ordered the huge plane in 2001, the first route of which led to New York on November 20, 2009. The airline originally ordered 10 giant planes from Airbus, then two more in 2007, but eventually canceled them in 2017.
A year later, Air France announced that it would withdraw half of its fleet, but in August 2019, it was decided to retire all ten aircraft by 2022. The coronavirus accelerated these plans.
This was the biggest mistake the company could have made
The head of Qatar Airways was very scratchy in May Simple Flyingconsiders the purchase of machines to be the biggest mistake.
Qatar originally ordered the A380 in 2001 and was the ninth customer to buy two of it. He ordered three more at the 2007 Paris Air Show and five at the 2011 Dubai Air Show.
In his opinion, it could have been a great plane, but for reasons outside of Airbus, it ultimately didn’t. Fuel is expensive, the machine consumes a lot, so conscious passengers will avoid it from the start.
Some people bet on the plane
British Airways is just like that of Air France brings it machines from long-term storage. The company has a total of 12 Superjumbos, 9 of which operate regular flights.
Singapore Airlines recently with its Hamradik plane flew after maintenance to the changi base.
Emirates will not give up
Emirates CEO Tim Clark recently said that the airline will continue to build this modern and spacious aircraft for the next two decades. dedicated operator will be. This statement was made when it was announced that the company would bring forward the takeover of its last three A380s.
Emirates is in a completely different position than the other airlines because they have 118 aircraft. That’s half of their entire fleet, meaning they can’t downsize as easily as their competitors. Some A380s haven’t even flown in the fleet, and the newly arriving specimens still have a good 10-15 years left. However, the large fleet is not only an advantage for the company, as the operation of the same machines can be solved more economically.
Since the company also ordered Boeing 777Xs, 787s and Airbus A350s, the Superjumbo is expected to be phased out gradually.
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