Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 15 airways that operated the A380 superjumbos. Nevertheless, nearly all A380s had been grounded following the outbreak of the pandemic with lots of these plane despatched into long-term storage, and a few airways even determined to retire the superjumbos, with Air France retiring its whole A380 fleet in Might 2020.
At present, ANA, Asiana Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Korean Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airways have been working the A380s, quickly to be adopted by Lufthansa and Etihad Airways in 2023. On this put up, we are going to check out the A380 fleet standing and the route they deploy their A380.
All Nippon Airways
Lively A380s: 3
Parked A380s: 0
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has a fleet of three Airbus A380s, extensively referred to as the Flying Honu fleet. These superjumbos completely function on the Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu route. ANA grew to become the fifteenth operator of the world’s largest passenger plane when it took supply of its first A380 in March 2019.
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the A380s had been grounded after the Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu route was suspended. Furthermore, the third and ultimate A380 was immediately positioned into storage after the airline took supply of the plane in the course of the pandemic. ANA’s Flying Honu fleet options particular Hawaiian-themed liveries for its three A380s, symbolizing the sky, ocean and sundown.
Two of the three A380s have already returned to service whereas the third one, which options an orange livery impressed by the Hawaiian sundown can also be coming into into service. The third superjumbo accomplished a check flight on twenty seventh December earlier than coming into into passenger service.
Lively A380s: 3
Parked A380s: 3
Asiana Airways has a fleet of six Airbus A380s, out of which three are in energetic service with the Korean provider.
Asiana introduced the large of the skies again in service in June earlier this yr, with the superjumbos working every day flights between Seoul and Bangkok. The A380s additionally returned on its flights to Los Angeles in July. The frequency of those routes is likely to be elevated relying on the passenger demand.
At present, Asiana’s superjumbos are deployed on flights to Bangkok and Los Angeles.
Lively A380s: 11
Parked A380s: 1
British Airways is without doubt one of the most dedicated airways to the Airbus A380, with the airline bringing again its whole fleet of A380s till at the least August 2027.
Just lately, the British flag provider has been working extra A380 flights than within the corresponding earlier months because the first Airbus A380 was delivered to the airline. British Airways is getting ready to return its final A380 to service as it’s at the moment beneath upkeep.
At present, British Airways A380s are deployed on flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Doha (Till eighth January), Dubai, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington Dulles.
Lively A380s: 0
Parked A380s: 10
After months of hypothesis in the course of the peak of the pandemic, the superjumbos are lastly trying ahead to re-entering into service with the Abu Dhabi-based provider, which can begin flying to London subsequent summer time.
Etihad Airways has a fleet of 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad’s A380 return means the return of its industry-leading cabin product – the Residence, alongside the three cabin courses. All of them have the identical 498-seat configuration, together with two Residence suites, 9 First-class residences, 70 Enterprise seats, and 417 Financial system good seats. It’s the final provider on this checklist to announce the return of the A380s.
Etihad will return 4 of its large plane in the interim in a transfer to meet a surge in demand for air journey throughout the airline’s community and buyer suggestions for the return of the fan-favorite plane. After the pandemic, the primary Etihad A380 flight is scheduled for the fifteenth of July subsequent yr. It is going to function a every day flight to London beginning in July, rising to double every day from August.
Lively A380s: 86
Parked A380s: 33
Emirates, the biggest A380 operator has been regularly bringing its superjumbos again into the skies with a number of A380s being retrofitted with premium financial system seats. Earlier in July, the Dubai-based provider stated that it was aiming to function near 90 A380s by the tip of this yr. Up to now, 86 of the superjumbos are in energetic service.
Being the biggest A380 operator by a substantial margin, the future of the superjumbo will largely relaxation in its fingers. Emirates plans to function the superjumbos till the mid-2030s because the A380 continues to be nicely acquired by its clients throughout its international community. The A380s will stay Emirates’ flagship plane for a few years to come back.
Up to now, Emirates has scrapped two of its A380s (registration A6-EDA and A6-EDB), whereas two extra have been retired, in accordance with Planespotters.web.
Furthermore, Emirates is planning to return its full fleet of A380s into service by the tip of subsequent yr because it ramps up its operations to fulfill sturdy demand for air journey. At present, the Gulf provider’s capability has recovered to 80 per cent of its pre-pandemic degree and commenting on the identical, Emirates’ chief business officer, Adnan Kazim stated:
“Nearer to the tip of subsequent yr, that’s our goal to convey all our A380s again to operation and get well the remaining 20 per cent of the capability.”
Chatting with aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth, Emirates President Sir Tim Clark urged Airbus to make plans for a future very giant plane with zero-emission engines to fulfill the regularly growing medium to long-haul journey calls for. Moreover, he highlighted the significance of the A380s and talked about that he would construct one other A380 twice the dimensions of its predecessor.
“I’d construct one other A380 twice the dimensions due to the zero-emissions engines we’ve got now, with 4, probably three engines.”
Emirates President Sir Tim Clark
Lively A380s: 5
Parked A380s: 5
Korean Air much like Asiana has been working half of its A380 fleet, with the airline lately hiring A380 pilots on a five-year contract. The Korean flag provider is anticipated to fly the A380s till at the least the mid-2020s.
In 2019, Korean Air used to fly its jumbo jets on flights to Bangkok, Heathrow, JFK, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, and Taipei. The entire fleet of A380s was grounded on the top of the pandemic.
The primary Korean Air A380 returned to the skies with a weekly service to Guangzhou, China whereas the rest of the fleet remained grounded. At present, Korean Air is deploying its A380s on flights to Bangkok and New York-JFK.
Lively A380s: 0
Parked A380s: 8
Earlier in June this yr, Lufthansa determined to reactivate a few of its A380s by March 2023, in response to the gradual rise in demand and the delayed supply of ordered plane.
Lufthansa had a fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, half primarily based in Munich and the opposite half primarily based in Frankfurt earlier than the pandemic. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those superjumbos had been parked in Spain and France for long-term storage or the so-called “deep storage”. As of now, six of those A380s have already been offered, whereas eight of them stay a part of the Lufthansa fleet in the interim.
The German flag provider expects to make use of the superjumbos once more in the summertime of 2023. In the intervening time, the corporate is assessing what number of A380s can be reactivated and which locations the Airbus will fly to. Just lately, a Lufthansa spokesperson stated that the provider is getting ready to reactivate at the least three A380s to be prepared for operation early subsequent summer time.
Lively A380s: 6
Parked A380s: 5
In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole Airbus A380 fleet of the Australian flag provider was despatched to California for long-term storage, with many speculating if they might ever return to service.
Nevertheless, with the faster-than-expected restoration in demand for air journey, Qantas introduced ahead the A380’s preliminary return date, with the primary A380 returning into its service in January earlier this yr.
Qantas at the moment operates six A380s on flights to London Heathrow (by way of Singapore) and Los Angeles. Furthermore, it has confirmed that it’s going to reinstate 4 of the 5 in storage by 2024, whereas a type of can be scrapped.
Lively A380s: 8
Parked A380s: 2
Qatar Airways is at the moment flying eight A380s on flights to London Heathrow, Sydney, Perth and Bangkok. The remaining two A380s are grounded in the interim. Nevertheless, they could ultimately return to the skies because of the ongoing A350 groundings and the delay in Boeing’s 777X program.
Regardless that Qatar Airways’ CEO referred to as the A380 the airline’s greatest mistake, the A380s returned to service because of the A350 groundings, because the gulf provider didn’t wish to sacrifice an excessive amount of capability. The Gulf provider initially returned 5 A380s to service, with three extra following their siblings’ footsteps so as to add up extra capability on key routes, additionally to cater to extra followers in the course of the FIFA World Cup.
Earlier than the pandemic, these plane operated flights to Bangkok, Guangzhou, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Paris CDG.
Lively A380s: 10
Parked A380s: 2
Singapore Airways is at the moment flying 10 of its superjumbos out of its fleet of 12. Though the Changi-based provider has retired 12 of its 24 A380s, solely 9 appear to have been deregistered or scrapped. Singapore Airways retired its first A380 earlier in 2018.
The Airbus A380s launch buyer and the second-largest provider solely behind Emirates have confirmed that two extra A380s will re-enter into service as they’re at the moment being retrofitted.
At present, Singapore Airways is deploying its A380s on flights to London Heathrow, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai and New York-JFK (by way of Frankfurt).
*Observe that each one fleet particulars are obtained from Planespotters.web.