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Articles tagged “a380”

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Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues

Norwegian is likely paying a lot more to a rent a gently-used Airbus A380 than it did for Wamos Air Boeing 747. But passengers hated the antiquated 747, and Norwegian took some criticism for flying it from New York to London. This is probably a better approach.

Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues

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World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

It's not unusual for an established airliner to go on to a second career as a charter aircraft. But it's rare that a charter company like Hi-Fly to get an aircraft so new. That's what happens when an aircraft falls out of favor in the industry. Only a few major airlines see much of a future for the superjumbo.

World’s Biggest Passenger Aircraft Begins Its New Life as a Charter Airliner

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Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

The Airbus A380 isn't the most efficient aircraft, and major airlines usually only make money with it flying between the biggest cities. But carriers with different models can improve the jet's economics by packing on seats, so it makes sense some operators would want used A380s, if they can get them cheaply.

Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

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Some Airbus Superjumbos Head to Scrapyards Due to Weak Demand

Airbus last year met its sales targets by producing more older-model planes. But the European manufacturer needs to learn from its missteps with the A380, A320neo, and other attempts at next-generation aircraft.

Some Airbus Superjumbos Head to Scrapyards Due to Weak Demand

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British Airways May No Longer Want More Superjumbo Jets

British Airways is one of the only airlines in the world that might want to take more Airbus A380s, if the price is right. Considering the narrow market, Airbus may have to make British Airways an offer it can't refuse. Otherwise, the airline will look elsewhere for large jets.

British Airways May No Longer Want More Superjumbo Jets

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Virgin Atlantic Cancels Airbus Super Jumbo Order

Richard Branson loved the idea of the Airbus A380, and promised his airline would make the aircraft its flagship. But the economics of the airplane don't work for a carrier like Virgin Atlantic, and within the past few years, it became apparent the carrier would never fly them.

Virgin Atlantic Cancels Airbus Super Jumbo Order

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Malaysia Air Finds a New Use for Its Surplus Superjumbos

Once seen as the future of the airline industry, the A380 is now on life support. Airlines are going to have to come up with creative ways to make it viable.

Malaysia Air Finds a New Use for Its Surplus Superjumbos

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British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

Do you also have whiplash? Earlier this week, a senior Airbus executive said the manufacturer may have to kill the A380 program because of a lack of sales. But soon after, Airbus said it sold at least 20 to Emirates. Now comes word British Airways may want more. Perhaps the end is not near for the superjumbo.

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

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Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

The A380 isn't dead yet but it will need someone other than Emirates to show an interest if it is going to survive in the long run.

Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

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Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet

The A380 hasn't sold early nearly as well as Airbus expected. Is it possible most airlines will never want a plane so big? Or is the A380 merely ahead of its time? Perhaps more carriers will want a massive jet as more airports face capacity crunches. But by that time, the A380 could be out of production.

Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet