Qantas says there is no need for more A380s

Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, has announced that they do not want the remaining eight A380s they have ordered. The dozen they currently operate has been sufficient for them to meet the demand on the most popular routes they operate. 

“Our intention is that we’re not taking those aircraft,” Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said Friday at an airline conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Qantas currently uses the A380s on several routes from Sydney and Melbourne to destinations like Hong Kong, Dallas, Los Angeles and London via Dubai. 

“We believe there’s a network for 12 that’s very good and works very well,” Joyce said. “We struggle with a network for the next eight.”

To date, 12 aircraft have been delivered. The airline has been pushing back the delivery of the remaining planes over two years now, joining other carriers including Air France, which has dropped an order for two, Air Austral, which discarded the plans to acquire two A380s previously ordered in 2009.


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