Here’s why airlines are abandoning 4-engine jets. The Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 are quickly being phased out by some airlines as the coronavirus pandemic has eliminated the dwindling demand for the four-engine planes.
Why is Airbus A380 not selling?
So why has Airbus decided to kill it? The main reason the company will halt production of A380 after 12 years, from 2021, is the low number of planes sold. “In the end, you have to face facts, and we could see that we were building A380s faster than people were ordering them,” Lange says.
Why airlines are retiring A380?
Airlines including Lufthansa, Qantas, British Airways and Air France all grounded their superjumbos when the pandemic hit last spring. Qatar Airways tells CNN that “until passenger demand recovers to appropriate levels, Qatar Airways will continue to keep its A380 aircraft grounded.”
Did an A380 ever crash?
On 4 November 2010, the aircraft operating the route, an Airbus A380, suffered an uncontained failure in one of its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The failure occurred over Batam Island, Indonesia, four minutes after takeoff from Singapore Changi Airport.
Qantas Flight 32.
What will replace the A380?
Air France-KLM Group is ordering another 10 Airbus A350-900s, which will be used to replace the company’s Airbus A380 fleet. The aircraft are set to be operated by Air France, which is phasing out its A380s by the end of 2022.
Why are they retiring 747?
The financial impact of Covid-19 has been harsh on many businesses around the world, and has significantly affected airlines, due to travel restrictions. BA made the decision to retire its Boeing 747 jets in July this year, after the pandemic took hold.
How long can a A380 fly without refueling?
Emirates Airbus A380 — Dubai (DXB) to Auckland (AKL)
Based on recent flight times, the flight lasts between 15 to 16 hours, although sometimes it can be nearly 17 hours.
Why are airlines getting rid of 747?
The reason for BA’s decision is that giant, four-engine aircraft like the 747 are too expensive to operate. Many other airlines have made the same choice. First of all, there is maintenance. Keeping four engines running to the required standards is more expensive than modern twin-jets.
Will the A380 fly again?
Al Baker says the A380 won’t fly in the foreseeable future, and last we heard we shouldn’t expect them before late 2022 at the earliest (but even that seems optimistic). The reality is that Qatar Airways has a huge number of aircraft on order, including 30 Boeing 787-9s, 50 Boeing 777-9s, and 28 Airbus A350-1000s.
Which is better Airbus A380 or 777?
The Airbus A380 can fly for 14,800 kilometers. The smaller of the 777Xs, the 777-8, can fly 16,090 kilometers, and the larger 777-9 can fly 13,940 kilometers. On range, the 777-8 substantially outperforms the A380. But most of the orders so far have been for the 777-9, which has a slightly shorter range than the A380.
When was the last Airbus crash?
On 31 October 2015, Metrojet Flight 9268, an Airbus A321-231 operated by Russian airline company Kogalymavia (branded as Metrojet), crashed in the Hasana area of central Sinai, Egypt on its way from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia. There were 224 people on board (217 passengers and 7 crew).
Are all A380 grounded?
Over 100 A380s will remain grounded forever according to the man who was key in the development of the superjumbo and then buying the A380.
How much money did Airbus lose on the A380?
Overall, Airbus estimates it has sunk $25bn into the A380 project and, despite passengers love for the aircraft, conceded that it would never recoup its investment. At one point, every A380 produced was made at a loss.