When coming to the Airbus A380 We can talk all day about whether it’s beautiful or an ungainly giant, but one fact is indisputable: It’s the largest passenger aircraft ever made. If you’ve ever flown on one, you’ll know that it offers an incredibly smooth ride and lots of room; and if you’ve ever seen one take off, you’ll know that it’s an exceptionally quiet airplane. But the end is near for the plane. It is also sometimes known as the flying whale.
As the whole COVID-19 situation continues to hurt international air travel, airlines are looking into the future of their wide-body aircraft.
On August 19, 2021, In an interview with Flight Global Korean Air CEO Walter Cho said that it’s planning to exit all the 4 engine aircraft starting from the airbus a380s within Five years i.e. till 2026.
Apart from this, it seems the aircraft is safeguarded for now for five years. On referring to data from Planespotter.net, Korean Air, the flag carrier of South Korea, currently owns 10 Airbus A380s, averaging around 9.2 years. Currently only one out of ten super jumbo is in use.
The Interview with the CEO of Korean Air also confirms the planned merger of Korean Air and Asiana airlines which would create the world’s second-largest Airbus A380 fleet.
In total, only 15 airlines worldwide have operated Airbus A380 aircraft. Korean Air happens to be the sixth airline to operate Super Jumbo and may kick it out eighth.