Emirates Set To Resume Airbus A380 Flights in July

Emirates will begin reactivating some of its Airbus A380s fleet in mid-July with the reintroduction of the superjumbo on flights to Europe as soon as next month.

Emirates To Retire 46 Airbus A380, Considers Cutting 30,000 Jobs
Emirates Planning To Resume Airbus A380 Flights in July. 

Emirates superjumbo will be making a return to the skies with flights to London Heathrow and Paris, with more destinations added later reviewing load factor starting from 15 July.

In a tweet posted by the largest international airline on 23 June, the airline confirmed that it will begin reactivating its iconic A380 fleet in mid-July, with the superjumbo making its first flights to European destinations.

The Dubai carrier said in a tweet : “The iconic Emirates Airbus A380 will return to the skies with flights to London Heathrow and Paris starting from 15 July.”

Emirates is the World's largest Airbus A380 operator with 115 A380s in its fleet. Currently, all of the Emirates A380s are grounded due to travel restrictions and decrease in demand for air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Luchvaartnieuws, the first flights of the Emirates A380 will be to London Heathrow. Later from August 1st A380 will be deployed in flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle in Amsterdam.

Emirates Prepares Its First Airbus A380 Super Jumbo For Retirement
Emirates A380s will return to London Heathrow at first. Photo: @Saeed_AlAli

A check of the Emirates online schedule showed that many A380 routes — for example a double-daily service to New York JFK will resume in August. Emirates is resuming A380 service to other destinations in the summer as well. 

Other destinations that will see the return of A380 service in the summer are Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Manchester and Los Angeles, among others, according to Routes Online.

Currently, 161 of the Emirates aircraft are grounded in Dubai comprising 115 Airbus A380s and 46 Boeing 777s. The carrier is operating flights to 40 cities as of now all on the Boeing 777s.

Emirates To Retire 46 Airbus A380, Considers Cutting 30,000 Jobs
Currently, all Emirates A380s are grounded. Photo: Emirates

The largest international as well as largest middle east airline is also planning to restart its service to as many as 150 cities by mid-July. All of the current flights are being operated by the Boeing 777s.

As the Airbus A380s return to fly with Emirates, the airline welcomed the latest air travel protocols that will facilitate international travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists, and leisure visitors from 7 July.

Emirates Flights To Remain Grounded Until At Least July
Emirates staff have to wear full safety kits Photo: Emirates

However, the international travel ban is lifted putting in place careful measures to ensure the health and safety of travellers and communities.

Despite the current situation, Emirates remains committed to its A380 fleet. In an interview with the Financial Times, Tim Clark explained how the airline would be committed to the A380. 

Emirates To Retire 46 Airbus A380, Considers Cutting 30,000 Jobs
Airbus A380s play vital role in Emirates operation Photo: @Tobias_Gudat

Although, Emirates is committed to the Airbus A380 superjumbos, other airlines are not so committed to the A380. Air France has already retired its entire fleet of A380s.

Recently, Lufthansa also announced the retirement of seven of its Airbus A380s immediately citing current conditions of the corona virus crisis. 

Emirates Resumes Flights to 40 Cities in June Photo: Emirates

However, sources also reported that Emirates was in continuous talk with Airbus to cancel five of its last eight A380 orders. The carrier is expecting to take deliveries of three of the superjumbos this year.

The state-owned carrier has 115 Airbus A380s and 155 Boeing 777s in its fleet of 269 aircraft including an Airbus A319. 

Emirates Flights To Remain Grounded Until At Least July
All Emirates aircraft are disinfected completely after every flight Photo: Emirates

Although, all of the Emirates A380s had been grounded since March, the airline had kept its A380s active and ready for a swift return. 

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