Airbus A380 may receive new life because of B777X delay. Part 1
In 2019 Airbus company announced discontinuation of production of wide-body airplane as it wasn’t able to compete in volume of the sales with Boeing 787 and own A350 – two-engine airplanes with good fuel efficiency.
Airline companies started to withdraw A380 from their fleets due to lack of demand from passengers and high operating costs. Then COVID-19 pandemic came that caused collapse of the tourist industry and became reason of bankruptcy for many carriers all over the world.
In 2022 countries started to release or cancel strict COVID restrictions, international trips started to recover. Emirates Airlines became the biggest beneficiary of this tendency and now is the biggest operator of Super Jumbo A380 with more than 120 airplanes in the fleet.
Emirates announced record profit in amount of 1.2 billion USD for the first half of 2022 of the financial year and started to return own A380 into operation with the plans to fully return them to the end of 2023 in order to bring operations to before-pandemic level.
German flagship airline company Lufthansa is one more big carrier that is returning A380 from storage to active operation.