Qatar Airways intends A380 Airbus to stay grounded for years

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

21st Oct, 2020. 05:02 pm
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways doesn’t anticipate utilizing its Airbus A380s for a minimum of the following two years, its CEO said on Monday, longer than a past projection for the super-jumbos to eventually return to service in 2021.

The catastrophic economic effect of the corona virus crisis has made the state-owned airline parked its 10 A380s. Akbar Al-Baker, communicated in a virtual summit that “We don’t think we are going to operate our A380s for at least the next couple of years.”

He asserted in June the planes would not fly until half of the coming year. The Gulf transporter intends to begin resigning its A380s from 2024 when its most established superjumbo completes its ten years of operation.

Baker told, “The A380s would return once the airline saw the growth rate of 2019 before the pandemic struck. The 100 destinations to which the airline is currently flying is 25 fewer than planned due to a new wave of infections in Europe and travel restrictions.”

Baker mocked the A380’s opponents as “foolish,” claiming that there was lacking interest thus costs would be pushed down.

Air France resigned its A380s this year, while British Airways and Qantas resigned their Boeing 747s as the emergency sent air travel into free fall.

Etihad Airways, the Gulf carrier, is considering whether its stranded A380 aircraft will ever resume, while Emirates, the biggest superjumbo airline, has restarted few jet services.

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