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The Airbus A380 is getting ready to fly again and Capacity Edges to 100 Million : OAG

Why A380 aircraft have become so important to many airlines today

The Airbus A380 is getting ready to launch once more, and capacity is approaching 100 million.

With the forthcoming Fourth of July vacations, will we pass the 100 million seat threshold next week when airline capacity has settled at 99.9 million seats? Possibly or not!
Last week, the IATA AGM came to a successful conclusion. Delegates were entertained by a local folk ensemble and performances by Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, who both travelled long distances to attend the event.

When the Dutch Government announced a 20 percent cut in movements at Amsterdam Schiphol, the staff members at the IATA Slot Conference in Seattle were busy. How on earth airports and airlines can create long-term plans with such impulsive decisions is beyond me.

Will Lufthansa and Etihad add the Airbus A380 to their fleets again?


According to reports, two airlines—Lufthansa and Etihad—are thinking of reintroducing the Airbus A380 to their fleets to get around upcoming supply issues. How rapidly things improve, and let’s hope that continues to be the case. Nine carriers will run just under 1,000 A380 flights this week, with Emirates accounting for 70% of those, British Airways for 9%, and Qatar Airways for a very hesitant 7%. In 2019, fourteen airlines operated more than 2,300 A380 services.

The recovery is still going strong, according to forward-looking airline capacity through the end of September. Despite a lower starting point, capacity declined by 7% in September 2019 compared to August, and this September is presently 4% below August. This shows ongoing optimism in the recovery. With almost 30% greater capacity and most likely above 85% of the 2019 level, September will be substantially stronger than last year, even after accounting for the probable drift of some capacity in the upcoming months.

Western Europe is once again at the top of the lists this week thanks to a shift of less than 1% in the two biggest markets in the world, at least until easyJet makes their announced capacity adjustments and other airlines modify their schedules. Given that public holidays typically have a minor negative influence on capacity and that the United States will be “celebrating” Independence Day next week, it is likely that the positions will not alter.

The Regional Markets in North Africa and the Middle East are Growing the Fastest
The fastest rising regional markets this week were in North Africa (+7%) and the Middle East (+5%), both of which reported gains of more than 75% over the same week last year. With the exception of North East Asia, every region in the world now has significantly more capacity operating than it did a year ago, and half of those regions report more than 50% growth. This is quite remarkable and explains why airlines are simultaneously running out of resources and frantically seeking out new aircraft.


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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.


Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.


Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.


The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.


Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.


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