Those declared dead have been flying for a long time
The Superjumbo A380 makes an amazing comeback
Was it with the A380? The Airbus type was publicly planned a year ago and rejected by several airlines. But right now Super Jumbo is amazing in many places. Reasons.
The Airbus A380 was once acclaimed by aviation fans and aviation experts. Elevations such as “Wind Giant”, “Superjumbo” or “Wonder Bird” are changing. Not surprisingly, the A380 is a record jet. With a capacity of 853 passengers, it is the largest and at the same time the quietest aircraft in the world for passengers. The pilots who were so quiet now heard the noise of the passengers instead of the constant noise of the engines, so they slept badly.
But that’s not why the A380’s end seemed to be sealed until recently – 17 years after the first flight. The Corona year 2020 had only 25,000 planned flights with the engine type. In 2019 there were 119,000 more. Material: The A380 was hit harder than average by the Corona-related air crisis due to its size and inefficiency.
Industry giants like Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker settled accounts with the Airbus type last summer. “Buying the A380 was the biggest mistake we made,” he complained in an interview: “We landed the A380 because it was a very fuel efficient aircraft.” A comeback? Seemed impossible. Still, a year later, everything was different again.
In Qatar, half of the retired A380 fleet was renewed last winter. Since April, nine out of ten A380s have flown around the world, picking up passengers from Doha to destinations such as London, Paris and Sydney. British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Korean Air have also brought the Superjumbo back. This week the German Lufthansa also announced a return to the A380 and re-use the aircraft.
But why do all airline bosses suddenly remember the canceled A380? Two and a half years after the epidemic, the world is now much under control and many countries are once again welcoming tourists. The demand for air travel has increased dramatically. While not at the 2019 level, the aviation industry expects more passengers this summer than at 2021.
What should airlines do if demand increases? Increase skills. The A380 suddenly came back in hand.
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