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    Is this the end for Airbus 380?

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/travel/new...zCp?li=AAggpOh

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      Here is another nail in the coffin of the A380... according to an article found online, Malaysian Airlines is to end A380-service effective March 4th 2018.


      Malaysia Airlines is set to end all scheduled Airbus A380 services in early 2018 less than six years after taking delivery of these aircraft. The carrier’s sole remaining scheduled A380 service is between Kuala Lumpur Sepang and London Heathrow, where it presently operates twice daily non-stop flights. Effective 15 January 2018, A380 service will reduce to once daily, with the MH4/5 daily flight being replaced by the newly delivered three-class Airbus A350-900. According to Malaysia Airlines’ reservation system, all scheduled A380 services will cease on 04 March 2018 with the flagship flights MH1/2 also being replaced by the Airbus A350-900.

      Malaysia Airlines’ A380s, of which it has six in its fleet, are configured with 8 First Class seats (main deck), 66 Business Class (upper deck) and 420 Economy Class (upper and main deck). The airline principally operated the A380 to London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle (a destination it has since terminated). Delivery of the first aircraft took place in July 2015. The A380s had also been earmarked for flights to Sydney but this never eventuated, apart from a very brief period in 2015 for a total of nine days.

      There have been attempts by the Malaysian carrier to sell or lease the A380s to other airlines however nothing has eventuated from that. The carrier’s A380 operations according to many analysts have not been profitable for the airline. Instead Malaysia Airlines sees a future for its A380s in the Hajj and Umrah charter market providing services to pilgrim travelers. A new subsidiary company, presently code-named “Project Hope” will operate these pilgrim flights. Services would operate from ASEAN countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Africa to Medina in Saudi Arabia. The A380s will be reconfigured in a high density Economy Class layout with possibly a small Business or Premium cabin. The new company is expected to be operational sometime in 2019.
      According to other sources, when the aircraft is reconfigured for Hajj-traffic, it will be configured for a total of 700 economy class passengers.

      I thought the aircraft had not bee certified for that kind of capacity, but maybe it has already been done, or will be done?
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        Further to my previous post a few minutes ago, here is another story about the ailing A380.

        Recently, Airbus announced a 34% decline in profits after yet another cut in production of their A380. The order books are nearly empty - and almost nobody wants the aircraft. One of the main reasons for Airbus' decline, is the quickly falling interest in the gigantic double-decker aircraft. During the first half of 2017, they only delivered 6 new A380's, and from 2019, the annual total of production will be just 8 aircrafts.

        In comparison, Airbus delivered a total of 28 A380-aircafts in 2016.

        The future of the A380 is depending on wether a large order of 20 A380 aircrafts for Emirates materialises. The deal is expected to be completed by November 2017. The value of this deal is estimated at 8.7 billion US$.

        Delays in the deliveries of the A320neo also affects the profit of Airbus: these delays are due to engine problems. Airbus however states they have a clear plan to tackle these engine challenges.

        A brand new A380 is priced at nearly 437 million US$, and the largest operator of A380 is Emirates with 95 aircrafts in their fleet. An additional 47 are on order. Also British Airways has a substantial fleet of 12 A380-aircrafts.

        Earlier this year, Airbus tried charming airlines with an upgraded version of the super-jumbo. The upgraded version had it's range increased with an additional 300 nautical miles (556 kilometers).


        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          An article about How Airbus brings the A380 together...

          http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ai..._core_homepage

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