Qatar Airways to Retire Half of Airbus A380 Aircraft Written 15 January 2021


Qatar Airways Airbus A380. | MercerMJ; Wikimedia Commons

CNN reports that Qatar Airways “has confirmed it will be retiring half of its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s, which have already been grounded since March last year.” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Bakar said Wednesday, “The A380, I think, is one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that is flying around today. ... This is why we have decided that we will not operate them for the foreseeable future and even when we operate them, we will only operate half of the numbers we have.” When Airbus “announced back in 2019 that it would stop deliveries of the A380 in 2021, the European manufacturer had delivered just 234 of the craft – less than half of the 600 it had predicted when the double-decker was introduced in 2007.” The “last ever superjumbo is currently undergoing its final touches at France’s Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.”
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