Recently, on an online CAPA forum, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said that Half of the Airbus A380 fleet will remain on the ground to fight global pollution.
The CEO further adds “ The 380 is, I think, one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that are flying today. This is why we have decided that we will not operate them for the foreseeable future and even when we operate them we will only operate half the numbers we have,” in his point.
Although the first A380 Airbus joined Qatar Airways, in 2014, the airbus came into popularity for long hauls flights and its spacious wide body. However, after the situation becomes normal and the pandemic gets over, Qatar Airways may fly its 5 out 10 Airbus A380 later on.
Last year, when the Covid-19 spread out all across the globe, due to the global restrictions, all airlines including Qatar Airways had to shut off their operation to control the spread of pandemics.
As people are flying less, Qatar Airways necessarily doesn’t have to use its A380 Airbus. Mark Drusch, a senior Vice President at Qatar Airways clarifies his statement as “We only have a fleet of 10 of them, so it’s not like it’s a big issue for us. If the market continues to rebound in a slow, measured pace, we’ve got the right fleet to do it. If there’s something that accelerates, we have the opportunity to evaluate whether or not we restart some of those A380s back in the air” to Simple Flying.
Even though Qatar Airways puts half of its A380 Jumbo Jets on grounds, this big bull in the Aviation Industry isn’t seeing a loss in the near future. Instead, Akbar Al Baker seems to be flattering A350 Airbus at the moment. Drusch also regards that Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-9 emit half of the carbon pollutants than that of A350 Airbus.
Currently, the Airline focuses on improving its efficiency and contributing to the global environment. Recently, the company launched the IATA Carbon Offset Program where the customers were allowed to choose to offset the carbon, they were producing in their journey. With all this, it is notable that Qatar Airways is taking care of Mother Earth as well as its passengers properly.
Depending upon, how the situations turn in, in terms of Covid-19, we can say Airbus A380 won’t make it up to the skies at least in 2021. Well, Qatar Airways will probably wait for the situation to settle down until the industry heals itself. Until then we hopefully wouldn’t see Qatar Airways Airbus A380 Fleet in the skies.