The A380 was one of the first planes to be grounded because of the epidemic. The poor A380 is almost a symbol of the covid19 crisis. Its the first aircraft to be completely grounded and, in all respects, will be the last to return to full operation. Air France took the opportunity to get rid of the A380 fleet at the beginning of the crisis. Rumor has it that Lufthansa has no plan to bring the A380 back from the warehouse, while Qantas plans to park its A380 fleet for at least a few years. Of course, some airlines are bringing the Big Mac back. British Airways has begun to put its A380 into winter flights. Singapore Airlines has also started selling tickets for flight A380. In view of the number of its fleet, UAE has no choice but to continue to use the A380.
Emirates has no choice but to continue using the A380
Among them, British Airways has begun preliminary plans to put at least part of the A380 aircraft into operation in winter. Route information shows that at least six A380s will be put into use from October 25, including four for transatlantic services to the United States and two to Johannesburg.
The following is the flight information related to the return of A380.
Heathrow flies to Fort York
Ba hopes the A380 will be able to operate flights to and from South Africa from October 25. Once a day, the A380 will land from London Heathrow Airport To Johannesburg, with a journey of slightly more than 11 hours. It is a two-way red eye flight, departing from LHR at 21:10, arriving at JNB at 10:15 the next day, leaving JNB at 22:15 and arriving in London at 07:35. Currently, basic economy class tickets are available for about 420 pounds for the two weeks after early November, according to Google flights prices.
Raise the budget to around 1000 to buy advanced economy class seats, including checked luggage, more legroom and a separate cabin seat. Business class costs about 2400.
Heathrow flies to Los Angeles
Ba also arranged A380 flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles. Not all flights are carried by the A380. Only the flight leaving LHR at 15:30 is A380 and arrives at Los Angeles International Airport at 19:50 that day. On return flight, A380 takes off at 21:05 and arrives at LHR at 15:25 the next day.
Heathrow to Miami
The last A380 route scheduled in October will be LHR to Miami. The daily operation of the route will complement BAs existing daily route using Boeing 777. The A380 will take off from LHR at 09:35 and arrive in Miami at 15:35. The return flight was red eye, which left Miami at 17:15 and landed in London at 6:35 the next morning.
Heathrow Airport To San Francisco
Although the A380 will not be used until next year, it is worth mentioning that this is the last A380 route arranged by Ba. According to routeonline, the service from Heathrow To San Francisco will be restarted from February 1. It takes off from London at 10:45, arrives in San Francisco at 13:55, then leaves San Francisco at 16:10 and arrives in London at 10:35 the next day. The current price is from 321 in basic economy class.
Will 50% of A380 fleet resume operation next month?
Although these plans are likely to change, this is long overdue positive news for Airbus A380. With many airlines retiring ahead of time or grounded for a long time, Ba has always been optimistic about its return to the fleet. The regular maintenance plan of A380 fleet has been committed throughout the grounding process, which may indicate that these aircraft have been planning to return as soon as possible. If the A380s do return to these routes in October, six of the airlines 12 A380s will be needed to operate these routes. Due to the long flight time, at least two A380s may be required for each route to put into service. In this way, 50% of Bas A380 fleet will return to the sky next year.
However, whether the A380 will come back is still in doubt. At the time of booking, it may be noted that Ba does not provide the first class price of A380, because first class does not provide sales. Singapore Airlines made similar arrangements for the A380 a few days ago and confirmed to simplefly that this was due to potential aircraft deployment changes. This may mean Ba is acting cautiously and the possibility of A380 being replaced still exists.
The effect of A380 is squeezed
A380 has played a valuable role in the fleet of many airlines. The reason is that A380 is a super large passenger designed for the hub and spoke route mode. Only airlines with hub route network and huge long-distance transfer passenger source will choose it. With the expansion of point-to-point direct flight, the hub radiation route mode will lose a lot of customers. Take Emirates as an example. The airline has built almost all of its business on the basis of flying Europeans and even North Americans from London to Dubai. For those in Spain, its easy to grab a ticket to Heathrow airport and then enjoy UAEs service across the Middle East. Even if the place they want to go is not near Dubai at all, the air superhighway makes it easy to connect East and West.
Before the opening of Haneda airport, Lufthansa has been relying on its A380 aircraft to fly in Tokyo, and even named the aircraft Tokyo.
The A380 is also used in airports with congested routes and flow control. For example, Lufthansa ordered A380 mainly to effectively connect the Far East. The A380 is used to fly to Narita and other airports in Tokyo. But later, with the opening of Haneda airport, other airports became larger and larger, which reduced flow control and also suppressed the demand for huge high-capacity aircraft.