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Qantas Airways’ first A380 on its way back to Australia

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The first Airbus A380 to come out of storage for Qantas Airways is on its way to Sydney, ahead of the airline’s resumption of service to Los Angeles in 2022.

VH-OQB had left Dresden, Germany, where it had been undergoing cabin repair, the Australian carrier reported on November 8, 2021. After being in storage in Los Angeles since March 27, 2020, it flew to Dresden in August 2021 for the job.

After Australian borders opened earlier than expected, boosting demand for flights, Qantas has accelerated the reactivation of several of its A380s.

From April 1, 2022, two A380s will restart flights to Los Angeles (LAX), with three more A380s returning by November 2022.

Qantas has been storing its fleet of 12 superjumbos in the Mojave Desert since 2015, with the intention of keeping them there until 2023.

Although some A380s will return to service sooner than predicted, only ten will, leaving two A380s permanently retired.

As travel demand rises, Qantas isn’t the only airline bringing back its A380s from retirement.

On November 8, 2021, British Airways began short-haul flights with its first A380 as part of crew familiarization training before returning to long-haul service on routes to the United States and Dubai.

On November 5, 2021, Qatar Airways also revealed that five of its A380s will be brought out of storage, albeit they will not be returning to the fleet permanently.

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