Just over half of the A380s produced are currently in service

World’s largest passenger jetliner undergoes service resumption as companies including China Southern and Malaysia retire their fleets

The balance of years of incredulity regarding the operational viability of the A380 is that 15 of the 251 aircraft delivered ended up being scrapped. Therefore, 94% of the massive two-deck planes are still ‘alive’, 204 of them active or provisionally parked.

According to a compilation made on Planespotters data, just over half of the A380s manufactured are currently flying, two thirds of them on Emirates Airline, as expected.

Currently, eight operators fly with the Airbus jet while two airlines are expected to resume service with it in the coming months, Lufthansa and Etihad.

Since Airbus announced the end of production and the Covid-19 pandemic made its operation impossible, the A380 seemed close to the end, but the resumption of demand for long-haul flights has buried these theories, at least for most of the original customers of the aircraft.

China Southern Airlines A380 (Edwin Leong)

Officially, only Air France and China Southern Airlines gave up on the A380, not counting the Portuguese Hi-Fly, which operated a second-hand aircraft for a short period.

Malaysia Airlines has just withdrawn the last of its six A380s while Thai Airways, after considering a possible return, has confirmed that it does not intend to reactivate the aircraft.

It is not yet clear whether the momentum of long-haul air travel will be lasting enough to keep the A380 in demand, but the most likely scenario is that the future of the largest passenger plane in the world is one of a gradual exit from the scene, which may last until the next decade.

Operator Total fleet Active Parked Stored Dismantled
Air France 9 4 5
All Nippon 3 3
Asiana Airlines 6 3 3
British Airways 12 11 1
China Southern 2 2
Dr. Peters Group 5 1 4
Emirates Airline 123 85 34 2 2
Etihad Airways 10 10
Jet Midwest Group 3 3
Korean Air 10 5 5
Lufthansa 14 8 6
Malaysia Airlines 6 6
Qantas 12 6 5 1
Qatar Airways 10 8 2
Singapore Airlines 20 10 5 1 4
Thai Airways 6 6
Total 251 131 73 32 15

Source: Planespotters

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