The Super-jet aircraft, the A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft that is well known in making flights more comfortable and luxurious.
It entered the service on the 25th of October 2007, Singapore Airlines were the first to operate it. But in 2019, some airlines that operated the A380 started to announce the retirement of this Aircraft, including Air France and Lufthansa, but this makes wonder, what hurried the retirement of the A380?
After 15 years of passenger service, one of the main reasons for the early retirement is the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as less demand by airlines on operating it, but the end of the program came in Feb. 2019 when Airbus announced it would stop the A380 production in 2021.
During COVID-19 pandemic Emirates downsized its activity, the airline even decided to stop the A380 temporarily, and instead, they only operated their Boeing 777s aircraft. Emirates CEO Tim Clark stated that the Airbus A380 era is over.
The current pandemic hits the aviation industry. Fleets across the world have been grounding their fleet, and unfortunately, A380s’ hit was the hardest.
Tom Anderson says- Modern jet engines are big and reliable enough, that even if one fails, the plane can make it to an airport on one, making the redundancy of four fuel-thirsty engines unnecessary.
When Airbus announced it would stop the A380 production and deliver the last aircraft by 2021. The announcement was hard for a lot of aviation lovers and specialists. Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a release: A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators.
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