Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has just resumed crew training on its Airbus A380 aircraft, giving positive signs for the jumbo giant’s return to the skies. Like many airlines around the world, Etihad suspended operations with the model after the pandemic began in 2020, when passenger numbers plummeted and the Emirates closed its borders.
In April last year, the airline announced the indefinite suspension of its entire A380 fleet in order to prioritize operations with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350-1000 models, which are considered more sustainable and financially efficient.
As a result, 10 A380s were sent for long-term storage at special facilities in France and Spain, where they were to be permanently grounded, as the then CEO, Tony Douglas, said. They came to warn that they could They are not reactivated due to the high cost of operation and the operator’s commitment to the environment.
However, with the increased demand for travelers around the world, the airline plans to bring back some giants very soon, according to a post by aviation expert Zulqarnain on Twitter. In the post (below), he says that Etihad Airways has just begun training A380 cabin crew. It is reported that the return will take place next year and that the date will be confirmed soon.
Just been told the coaching staff has started again
– M Zulqarnain B (@MZulqarnainBut1) November 29, 2022
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