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Some call it the “Double Dekker Airbus” and some say it is a massive mistake. But there is no doubt it is the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Airbus notes that the end of A380 production is a painful decision and deliveries have ended in 2021. “Keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” said CEO Tom Enders. Surely, try one of these airlines Airbus A380:
1) Emirates: A380 Fleet Size- 112. Emirates is planning to retire all their A380s by 2030. If you ae flying Emirates Business class on an A380, then surely have a look at their onboard sky bar.
2) Singapore Airlines. A380 Fleet size: 24. Singapore Airlines was the first airlines to introduce Airbus A380 flights. Some of the A380 fleet are back to the leasing company and 2 of them are already retired.
3) Lufthansa: A380 Fleet size: 14. According to The Points Guy, Lufthansa Group Board are planning to sell 6 A380s and replace them with Boeing 787- 9 and Airbus A350- 900.
4) British Airways: A380 Fleet Size: 12. According to Simply Flying, no British Airways A380 have flown revenue flight since March 2020 and it has no plans to retire any of the Airbus A380. According to British Airways saying: “The A380 is still a valued part of our fleet, and there are currently no plans to retire them.”
5) Qantas – A380 Fleet Size: 12. Qantas has confirmed it will not fly A380 in coming years and phase out their Airbus A380s within 10 years according to One Mile At A Time. There are no definitive plans on how the fleet will be replaced with.
6) Air France: A380 Fleet Size: 10. According to Sam Chui, Air France will retire its A380 fleet by 2022. The fleet will be replaced with Airbus A330 Neo, Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900.
7) Etihad: Fleet Size: 10 . Unlike its fellow UAE based airlines Emirates, didn’t heavily invested on Airbus A380s. Just a fleet of 10, Etihad Airways has decided t say goodbye to its Airbus A380s, according to Insider. The Residence on Etihad’s A380 offers a separate bedroom and ensuite shower room featuring butlers and chefs that often cost $20,000 a trip . This is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline, designed for two people traveling together
8) Korean Air : Fleet Size: 10. Currently, Korean Air has no plans to retire their Airbus A380.
9) Qatar Airways: Fleet Size: 10. Qatar Airways has confirmed it will retire half of its Airbus A380 fleet according to CNN Travel. “The A380, I think, is one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that is flying around today,” CEO Al Baker said. Qatar Airways plans to replace Airbus A380s to Boeing 777s.
10) Asiana Airlines : Fleet Size: 6. According to The Points Guy, Asiana Airlines has no plans to retire any of their 6 Airbus A380s. According to Simple Flying, Asiana Airlines will run a 2.5 hour A380 service between Seoul Incheon and Taipei Taoyuan. This is a very short flight for such a large jet, on the other hand, Emirates has some of the shortest Airbus A380 routes. One of their shortest Emirates A380 route Dubai to Muscat, 217 miles (349km).
11) Malaysia Airlines: Fleet Size: 6. Due to low demand during the pandemic, Malaysia Airlines plans to sell all of their Airbus A380s.
12) Thai Airways: Fleet Size: 6. No official sources about Thai Airways plans for retiring Thai Airbus A380s.
13) China Southern : Fleet Size: 5. No official sources regarding China Southern Airlines plans to retire the Airbus A380 from their fleet.
14) ANA (Air Nippon Airlines): Fleet Size: 2. ANA has taken their first Airbus A380 delivery on May 24th, 2019. Therefore, it is too early to discuss about the retirement of their Airbus A380.