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Airbus A380 has not been flying with Qatar Airways for at least two years

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The airline Qatar Airways has no plans to take its giant Airbus A380 back to the skies for at least two years, according to a statement from its CEO on Monday October 19.

As we announced here at AEROIN in July, the Arab company had withdrawn the model from its flight plan that predicted a possible return in mid-2021, but no official statement was made about the change.

However, according to Reuters, Qatar’s chief executive Akbar al-Baker has stated that he doesn’t believe the company will be operating any of its 10 Airbus A380s for at least the next two years, so we shouldn’t see the giant. two-story back to the flight plan.

The CEO knows that it only makes sense to bring the model back into operation if demand for air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

In July of this year, Qatar Airways even criticized its competitor Emirates for using the big jet in the middle of the crisis. She cited that analysis of the numbers showed that the fleet of A350 aircraft used 20 tons less CO2 per hour than the A380 on certain routes.

The controversial CEO Al-Baker told Emirates that flying such a large aircraft with a low occupancy factor neither fulfills Qatar’s environmental responsibility nor makes economic sense.

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