Emirates Pulls the Airbus A380 From 8 Cities For The Rest Of 2022.

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March 7. The removal of Emirates’ A380s was confirmed in its latest schedule upload over the weekend. It shows the fragility of demand, and how much farther there is to go until normality returns.

It also indicates much optimism over the recovery, although Brisbane changed to the double-decker quadjet on March 1st, soon after Australia’s border reopened.

It comes as the Gulf carrier makes multiple other changes to its A380 network, mainly involving frequency cuts, postponements, and delays to their return, to be covered in a separate article.

Those no longer seeing Emirates’ A380s are shown below, with further changes extremely likely. There’s a certain predictability about most of the eight, especially hard-hit Asia, whose recovery is slow. It’s mainly the case for China, which seems to want a zero-COVID situation.

  1. Beijing (PEK): no A380 is now scheduled this year. Had expected to be 1x daily from July 1st. Route suspended for the year.
  2. Birmingham (BHX): no A380 is now scheduled this year. Had expected to be 1x daily from July 1st. Will remain 2x daily B777-300ER.
  3. Copenhagen (CPH): no A380 is now scheduled for this year. Had expected to return 1x daily from October 30th. Will remain 1x daily B777-300ER.
  4. Hong Kong (HKG): no A380 is now scheduled this year. Had expected to return on October 30th on the non-stop. Now 1x daily via Bangkok by B777-300ER; from October 30th, also 1x daily B777-300ER non-stop.
  5. Nice (NCE): no A380 is now scheduled this year. Had expected to be 1x daily from July 1st. Will remain 1x daily B777-300ER.
  6. Prague (PRG): no A380 is now scheduled this year. Had expected to be 1x daily from October 30th. Will remain 1x daily B777-300ER.
  7. Shanghai (PVG): no A380 is scheduled for this year. Had expected to return 1x daily from July 1st. Route suspended for the year.
  8. Tokyo (NRT): no A380 is scheduled for this year. Had expected to return 1x daily from July 1st. Will remain 1x daily B777-300ER.

Source: Simple Flying.

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