Qatar Airways’ CEO announced that the airline’s Airbus A380s would be returning to the sky. The airline’s Super Jumbos will take to the skies as early as November 2021.
“I believe we’ll be flying the A380s again by early November. On September 29, 2021, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told Executive Traveller, “At the moment, we are looking at flying five, but we may have to fly all ten.”
The decision to reintroduce Airbus A380s comes as the airline faces a 4,000-seat capacity deficit owing to “issues with its specific Airbus A350s,” which have been suspended by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) until August 2021.
The Qatari aviation regulator grounded 13 Airbus A350s because the surface beneath the paint on several of the planes was deteriorating at an alarming rate.
“Qatar Airways expects Airbus to have established the root cause and permanently corrected the underlying condition to the satisfaction of Qatar Airways and our regulator before we take delivery of any further A350 aircraft,” Al Baker was quoted in a statement dated August 5, 2021.
The Doha-based carrier, which already has ten Super Jumbos, had originally planned to operate half of its A380 fleet.
“The A380 is one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that are flying today,” Al Baker commented during CAPA Live on January 13, 2021.
“That is why we have decided that we will not operate them for the foreseeable future – and even when we will operate them, we will only operate half of the numbers we have.”
Al Baker stated in April 2021 that the purchase of the Super Jumbo was the airline’s biggest error and that the aircraft model had no future in the airline’s fleet.