A look at the week
By Jordan Chong
News this week that British Airways (BA) has signed a five-year contract extension with Lufthansa Technik Philippines for the maintenance of its 12 A380s was taken as a vote of confidence in the double-decker super-size passenger jet.
The A380 has rarely been sighted during the coronavirus pandemic with airlines sending the type into long-term storage and relying on smaller aircraft to keep flying amid a crippling drop in passenger demand. Industry figures show there were 233 A380s in service before the pandemic but only 20 of the type were service in March this year.
Some airlines flying the A380 in the Asia-Pacific also believe there is a role for the aircraft in a post-pandemic world.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has said its post-COVID-19 recovery plans include having 12 A380s in the fleet, all with new cabin products. This means seven of the aircraft will be withdrawn from the SIA fleet. The airline's 19 A380s are currently stored – six at Alice Springs in Australia and 13 at Changi Airport. Read More »