Why Some Airlines Are Retiring the A380? Part One

Air Travel

Created on: January 28, 2019

Updated on: January 28, 2019

Within this article, we will explore the many reasons why some airlines are retiring the A380 after a very short period. And we will look at the many reasons why this aircraft appears to lose its resale value so quickly.

The A380 as we now know it was developed over a long period of research and development and like its more compared predecessor the queen of the skies otherwise known as the Boeing 747. The maiden flight of the A380 was made on 27 April 2005 and it didn’t enter commercial service until 25 October 2007.

Do any of you remember my previous articles regarding the hub and spoke and the point to point operations of the major airlines?

If you don’t remember here is a quick recap, airlines that are hub based this applies mainly to the legacy carriers tend to operate to and from hubs all around the world.

This means that they have the extra capacity in terms of passenger numbers to operate this aircraft more efficiently.

For example, Dubai is a great example of a hub and it operates aircraft all over the world. Newark, New Jersey in the US and London Heathrow are hubs and Emirates operate this type of aircraft to these destinations.

If you are unsure as to how hub and spoke operations work on airline carriers check out my article on it below:


Today we learnt how major airlines have used the A380 to enhance the capacity on their fleets. Within part two we will explore what happens when these aircraft start to age and whether the leasing companies see this type of plane as an improvement or an expense so stay tuned.

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