Airbus A380: With the return of the aviation industry, where to fly on a super-large passenger plane

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(CNN)— When Airbus announced plans to cease production of its A380 in 2019, heartbroken aviation fans found solace in the fact that the super jumbo jet will not stop flying anytime soon.

Production of this beloved aircraft will continue for a few more years, and many airlines have A380s in service in their fleets.

But fast forward a year, and the large size and high operating costs of the A380 have no place in the pandemic’s smallest, cost-effective international flight schedule.

Thanks to Covid-19, most of the A380 fleet in the world has been grounded.

Lufthansa’s decision to park the A380 caused the German airline to permanently retire the super jumbo jet. The last A380 with Air France uniforms made the final flight. It is increasingly unclear whether the A380 will survive the grounding.

However, although the A380’s days are undoubtedly numbered, some airlines have announced plans to re-take off the aircraft. Singapore Airlines will resume the use of A380 on flights to London in November 2021. In the same month, British Airways will launch a super airliner from the UK to Europe.

If you still want to experience the unforgettable spacious interior and quiet inflight experience of the A380 before the airplane is a thing of the past, please check our summary of A380 airline routes.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has 12 A380s in its fleet.

Singapore Airlines has 12 A380s in its fleet.

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As early as 2007, the first ever commercial voyage of the A380 was from Singapore to Sydney via Singapore Airlines.

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines had 17 A380s. When Covid-19 hit, they were all grounded, and in November 2020, the airline announced plans to reduce its very large fleet to 12.

Now, Singapore Airlines has revealed plans to return some of its A380 aircraft.

Govindasamy said that Singapore Airlines recognizes the A380’s lasting appeal to passengers, which is part of the reason why the airline has resumed its aircraft rotation.

“The A380 is a great aircraft,” he said. “Some people just book the A380 specifically to ride it.”

Govindasamy added that it makes economic sense to return the A380 to the London-Singapore route because the aircraft’s seat density is very suitable for routes with limited airport slots.

As Govinda Sammy said, this decision is also part of Singapore Airlines’ “high-end positioning”.

“From a brand point of view, the A380 does provide a lot of conditions for us to operate it,” he said.

As for the restoration of the A380 for destinations outside of London, Govindasamy said that Singapore Airlines is currently considering other routes that can be served by super airliners.

“Before making a decision, we will continue to monitor this matter closely in the coming weeks and months,” he said, adding that returning the A380 to the original Singapore-Sydney route is the airline “will not Things rejected”. “

Nine A380 aircraft of Singapore Airlines have been modified, and the other three are in the process of modification. Passengers who spend first class on the restored London-Singapore route will be able to enjoy the airline’s luxury suites.

Choose route: London to Singapore-the first to experience the return flight of Singapore Airlines A380

British Airways

British Airways’ A380 will return to the sky this year.

British Airways’ A380 will return to the sky this year.

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After months of transatlantic travel restrictions, the US/UK travel corridor will reopen in November, and British Airways is increasing its flight schedule accordingly.

This winter, passengers will be able to enjoy the comfortable interior of the aircraft on their way to Los Angeles and Miami, as well as the route from London to Dubai in December.

But according to a statement from the BA, before the ultra-large passenger plane sends British passengers on the long-awaited short trip to the United States, they will first take some short flights across the English Channel, “to familiarize the crew.”

It is not every day to fly from London to Europe on a double-decker plane, so ordinary people will desperately try to secure seats on these one-off flights.

The current attempt to book these routes is a guess, because BA has not yet confirmed which short-haul flights will use the A380.

Choose your route: London to Los Angeles-perfect winter vacation and a great way to return to transatlantic travel

Emirates

Emirates is the largest A380 operator.

Emirates is the largest A380 operator.

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The largest operator of the A380 is Emirates. When Emirates’ newest super-large passenger aircraft joins its fleet later this year, the Dubai-based airline will have 118 A380s.

The airline announced in September 2021 that it plans to deploy the A380 to 27 cities by the end of November 2021. Passengers will be able to take the Emirates A380 to destinations such as Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and Zurich.

Emirates’ A380 aircraft has luxurious lounges and private suites, and the A380 shower spa allows advanced travelers to even take showers on board.

The route to watch closely is Dubai to Auckland-the size and comfort of the Airbus A380 make it ideal for long-distance travel, and before the pandemic, Dubai to Auckland was the longest direct Airbus A380 route. The Emirates aircraft flew 14,193 kilometers during the 10-hour journey.

Choice of route: Dubai to Istanbul-this is the first route of the A380, and it is also the opportunity to return to the super-large passenger aircraft this year.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will resume the schedule of super-large passenger aircraft this winter.

Qatar Airways will resume the schedule of super-large passenger aircraft this winter.

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This statement made many people worry about the future of this super-large passenger plane in Qatar Airways, but with the increase in international travel, the situation seems to be changing.

According to the airline’s online schedule, Qatar Airways plans to operate A380 aircraft between Doha and London Heathrow and Doha and Paris Charles de Gaulle from December 2021.

A Qatar Airways spokesperson declined to comment on the A380’s resumption of service and the airline’s future plans for the aircraft.

Choose your route: Doha to Paris-the A380 is assembled in France, so it seems appropriate to take a super-large passenger plane back to where it all started

Qantas

Qantas will operate the A380 on its Sydney-Los Angeles route from July 2022

Qantas will operate the A380 on its Sydney-Los Angeles route from July 2022

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Qantas has 12 A380s in its fleet, and they were initially expected to return to service in 2023. However, in August 2021, the Australian airline confirmed that its five A380s will restart flights sooner than expected.

Superjumbos plans to start operating Qantas’ Sydney-Los Angeles route from July 2022. From November 2022, they will criss-cross between Sydney and London via Singapore.

“When demand is sufficient, the A380 will operate well on these long-haul routes, and the high vaccination rates in both markets will support this,” Qantas said in a statement.

According to the airline’s statement, although Qantas’ two A380 aircraft will be retired, the remaining 10 aircraft should be put back into service in early 2024 with new interiors. The airline’s statement stated that the timing will “depend on Because of the speed of market recovery.”

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said when announcing the return of the A380 in 2022 that the decision was made because the United Kingdom and the United States were “Qantas’ main markets” before the pandemic and appeared to be recovering well.

“We expect travel demand on these routes to be strong enough for the A380,” he added.

“The A380 is an excellent aircraft loved by passengers. The 10 aircraft we brought back will have brand new interiors, and we hope that they will become part of our fleet for many years to come,” Joyce said.

Choose a route: Los Angeles to Sydney-fashion back to Australia

Korean Air

Korean Air is currently operating A380 services between Incheon and Guangzhou.

Korean Air is currently operating A380 services between Incheon and Guangzhou.

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A Korean Air spokesperson told CNN Travel that before the pandemic, Korean Air’s 10 A380s were “mainly used on long-distance routes with high passenger flow”.

Although Korean Air’s A380 does not currently fly to New York’s Kennedy Airport or Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the two planes have been there, but a Korean Air spokesperson confirmed that the airline is currently operating the A380 from Incheon to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China for a week.

Guangzhou is also the hub of China Southern Airlines, with five A380s. According to FlightAware.com, the Chinese airline currently flies ultra-large passenger planes every week between Melbourne and Guangzhou and some flights to and from Los Angeles.

Korean Air is merging with Asiana Airlines, which has six A380s.

A Korean Air spokesperson pointed out to CNN Travel that in a recent interview with FlightGlobal, Korean Air Chairman Walter Cho stated that “A380 will leave Korean Air’s fleet within five years.”

Korean Air’s A380 days may be numbered, but they still exist today.

Choose a route: Incheon to Guangzhou-experience Korean Air’s A380 as much as possible

All Nippon Airways

All Japan Airlines A380s are decorated with bright colors, similar to Hawaiian turtles

All Japan Airlines A380s are decorated with bright colors, similar to Hawaiian turtles

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Japan Airlines All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched its first A380 for the first time in 2019. A few months later, another super-large passenger plane was launched. From October 16th, when the third “Flying Honu” joins its lineup, All Nippon Airways will have three A380s in its fleet.

ANA’s A380 may be the most unique super-large passenger aircraft in the world. Each is painted with bright colors, resembling Hawaiian turtles, paying tribute to their flight from Narita, Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii. “Honu” is a term for Hawaiian turtles.

An All Nippon Airways spokesperson told CNN Travel that although its A380 does not currently fly to Hawaii on a regular basis-there is now a Boeing 747 on this route-the airline is “looking for opportunities to fly the A380 at Narita Airport.” -The Honolulu route is limited to peak season days.” In August, an All Nippon Airways A380 flew from Narita to Honolulu and made two round trips.

ANA’s A380s have also been flying domestic charter flights-so-called “flights with nowhere”-which are used as pop-up restaurants.

All Nippon Airways told CNN Travel that it is “closely monitoring the demand and the immigration guidelines and public health measures implemented by the respective governments” in order to determine when the A380 can return more regularly.

Choose route: Tokyo to Honolulu-pay attention to any announcements, and then take the most enthusiastic A380 to Hawaii

Top image credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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