LONDON – Emirates has been able to utilize its Airbus A380 fleet well in order to offer a level of security in its Summer 2022 schedules, a move welcomed by many.
The airline will be operating routes to 39 destinations in Europe this summer, with its London Stansted route restarting on August 1.
In a statement, the airline said the following on keeping its routes in place:
“Emirates has also worked closely with other stakeholders at Dubai Airport to support its flight schedule and services, provisioning additional resources to ensure efficient operations at the hub, including for transiting passengers.”
“Those visiting Dubai or doing a summer stopover can ease through departures and arrivals with speedy biometrics-enabled check-points; and utilize various convenient options for mobile, online, home, and self-check-in.”
Emirates also said that due to high demand, the A380 will be deployed to 30 cities across its networks. On the European front, this includes the following destinations:
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
The resurgence of the A380…
Emirates placing emphasis on the A380 makes them the second carrier to back the aircraft type, especially with demand for travel at an all-time high.
German carrier Lufthansa has also announced that it will be reactivating its Airbus A380s for commercial service.
First flights of the aircraft are expected to take place in Summer 2023 due to the steep rise in customer demand as well as citing delayed deliveries of ordered aircraft.
The delays of ordered aircraft are in referral to Boeing’s 777X and 787s.
In a letter, the Executive Board Members of the airline said the following:
“In the summer of 2023, we not only expect to have a much more reliable air transport system worldwide. We will be welcoming you back on board our Airbus A380s, too.”
“We decided today to put the A380, which continues to enjoy great popularity, back into service at Lufthansa in summer 2023.”
“In addition to this, we are further strengthening and modernizing our fleets with some 50 new Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and Boeing 777-9 long-haul aircraft and more than 60 new Airbus A320/321s in the next three years alone.”
The German carrier has 14 A380s in its fleet, which are parked in Spain and France at present. Six of these A380s have been sold, meaning that eight will return to service in total.
It is unclear which destinations will be served by the A380, but this will no doubt be announced very soon.
Emirates is also going through the same elements, especially with delays in deliveries for the Boeing 777X program.
It remains clear, in this case, that the A380 is going to be here to stay for the time being, and is going to be needed in order to handle the onward demand that we are going to see next Summer and in 2023 as well.