filipinoavgeek wrote:While emissions is probably not the main reason for the QR retirements (contrary to their public statements), I don't think it's irrelevant like what some people here seem to be implying. Environmental impact was also cited as a major reason for AF retiring their fleet (even before COVID) and has also been cited by Qantas I think (think the infamous "two 787s cost less than one A380" statement).
Indeed this sounds like a statement with some truth but ultimately is a way to knock EK. Possibly also to direct some of the environmental ire in the EU at EK with their big fleet of a380s. Knowing that EK is stuck with some of this fleet for the foreseeable future it’s probably an attempt to leverage the situation to its advantage, I’d doubt QR or AAB stay up at night with concerns over carbon emissions. As many have said it was not a big deal for them to retire any of the a380, but this extracts maximum political points over what was already an inevitable move.