The Airbus A380 is a behemoth of a plane that measures more than 100 meters in length and 54.9 meters tall at the pointe of its double-decked wings, making it one of the largest passenger aircraft on Earth today. And now Qantas has announced that they will bring back this iconic model to their fleet within just two weeks!
Qantas will bring back the iconic Airbus A380 in just two weeks. The aircraft is set to fly from London Heathrow to Sydney for one week before returning to New York JFK.
In a major shift, Qantas will reintroduce the iconic Airbus A380 in only two weeks.
on December 27, 2021 by Gary Leff
Much of Qantas was grounded due to the epidemic. Their Airbus A380 wasn’t scheduled to return until “at the earliest” June 2023. However, the Australian government’s decision to allow citizens and residents to return to the country resulted in the airline’s international route network being restarted, as well as the scheduled return of the world’s biggest passenger aircraft on the Los Angeles – Sydney route in July 2022. The re-introduction date was subsequently pushed out to March.
Instead of reopening, the airline will postpone the A380 jumbo jet’s return to only two weeks from now on January 11 due to heightened coronavirus measures.
Qantas has had to reduce the number of flights it conducts since 70 of the airline’s Boeing 787 pilots are stationed in Brisbane and are subject to quarantine upon return from foreign flights by the Queensland state government. In January, they will reduce Sydney – Los Angeles flights to four times a week (three Airbus A380s and one Boeing 787) instead of daily 787s. They’re also cutting down on flights between Melbourne and London and Melbourne and Los Angeles. The A380 lets the carrier to compensate for the reduced number of trips by adding additional seats.
The Airbus A380 has 484–485 seats, whereas the Boeing 787-9 has just 236 seats, which is less than half of the A380’s capacity. The airline claims to have the flexibility with certified personnel and available aircraft to fly globally before mid-January, having taken an A380 out of storage in November for crew training. Qantas will even upgrade paying business class guests who have booked a 787 flight to first class.
All of the returning A380s will have been renovated with the newest business and premium economy seats, as well as two ‘premium lounges’ on the top deck and a revamp of the first class suites, using the same designs as the Dreamliners.
When the pilot shortage ends in late January, A380 service and lower frequencies are anticipated to continue. For the easing of limitations, the Queensland state government has set a goal of 90 percent complete immunization.
The A380 is set to begin service between Sydney and Singapore on June 19, with a total of six planes returning to service by the end of 2022. Two of the airline’s twelve aircraft will be decommissioned, while four will return “by early 2024.”
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