AviationQatar is ready to farewell its super jumbos, but SIA keeps faith.

Going cheap…more A380s heading for the sale yard

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Singapore Airlines is retrofitting its A380s.

Qatar Airways plans to replace the A380s with new Boeing 777Xs. It has 60 on order. The Qatari A380 announcement comes as several other airlines have announced plans to retire their A380s, among them Qantas, Emirates and Lufthansa.

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will retire its 10 A380s from 2024, some 10 years after receiving its first A380 in 2014, and its final one only last year.

The Qatari A380s are currently used on services to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bangkok, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Guangzhou from its Doha base.

Qatar Airways plans to replace the A380s with new Boeing 777Xs. It has 60 on order. The Qatari A380 announcement comes as several other airlines have announced plans to retire their A380s, among them Qantas, Emirates and Lufthansa.

Air France is also reported to be discussing whether it will go ahead with a costly upgrade of its A380s or withdrawn them from the fleet.

Singapore Airlines recently completed the retrofit of the first of 14 of its original A380 superjumbos.

The aircraft now features the same cabins also offered on the carrier’s five newer A380s, with a total of 471 seats – 343 in economy, 44 in premium economy, 78 in business and six first class suites.

Airbus said that the retrofit was part of “the wider portfolio of value-adding product improvements managed by Airbus’ dedicated Upgrades Services teams”, adding that it was an example of the manufacturer’s commitment “to keep the A380 flying for many more years with the latest cabin innovations”.


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