Etihad Airways is unlikely to welcome the Airbus A380 again to its fleet within the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown, chief government Tony Douglas has confirmed.
In an interview with the National, the aviation chief mentioned the biggest plane on the planet was not worthwhile to function.
“We’ve now taken the strategic resolution to park the A380s, I’m certain it is rather doubtless that we are going to not see them working with Etihad once more,” Douglas defined.
The Etihad resolution additionally means the top of the Residence, the ultra-exclusive non-public cabin supplied on the A380.
Designed for as much as two company, the luxurious three-room house options an en-suite bathe room, non-public bed room and separate dwelling space.
A VIP journey concierge and devoted group are additionally available to deal with every part for travellers, from the chauffeur-driven limousine to a non-public airport lounge.
Earlier than the pandemic, the service was supplied on journeys from Abu Dhabi to London, New York, Sydney, Paris and Seoul.
Etihad, in contrast to fellow UAE-based airline Emirates, didn’t have a big fleet of A380s and solely operated ten previous to the pandemic.
The technique was just like Center Japanese rival Qatar Airways, which can also be downsizing its A380 fleet because it charts a post-pandemic restoration.
Qatar Airways has already retired half of its previously ten-aircraft-strong A380 fleet, primarily used on routes to standard European and Asian-Pacific cities.
Each Qatar Airways and Etihad have invested extra in twin-engine plane just like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 XWB.
British Airways has additionally despatched its A380 fleet into storage to journey out the pandemic.
Portuguese constitution airline Hello Fly started flying A380 cargo flights through the pandemic however finally parted with the plane in 2020 on the finish of its lease.
The Airbus A380 entered passenger service at a time when airways had been beginning to search for smaller plane and the pandemic solely accelerated its more and more short-lived tenure.
All Nippon Airways was the final new buyer to take supply of a brand new A380 in 2019, simply 14 years following the primary check flight in 2005.
Emirates will doubtless be the final provider to fly the A380 because the world’s largest operator of the mannequin.
Airbus is gearing up for the ultimate supply, and has already trucked the ultimate fuselage to its Toulouse manufacturing facility.