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Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:46 am

Back in 2018 I was able to fly on a 747 (specifically a KLM 74M AMS-ORD), and since then my goal has been to fly on an A380. Now with the huge drop in travel demand due to the pandemic I'm seeing airlines either planning early retirement of their A380s or reducing their A380 fleet, so I'm wondering if I should hurry to book a flight on one, or if I can take my time. Do airlines have varied reliability in terms of the aircraft that has been assigned to a flight when booking? In other words, when I book my A380 flight I want there to be an A380 when I get to the gate as it would be quite disappointing if there was a sudden equipment substitution, but maybe there's no way of knowing for sure based on airline if they'll stick with the A380 for my booked flight.
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:22 am

Your best bet to fly the A380 after the pandemic will be EK. EK will be flying the aircraft for a few years.
Other airlines that may still be flying the A380 may be BA, KE, QF and QR.
 
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:06 am

CZ is currently flying the A380, so another to add to the list. It's the only current A380 service into SYD (1xweekly), which used to see around 15xA380 departures daily.
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:22 am

I guess post pandemic, EK will likely be the best chance to fly on an A380 with minimum change of equipment change
 
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:38 am

Aren't SQ planning on flying some (but not all) of their A380s post-pandemic ?
 
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:59 am

As others have already mentioned, Emirates (EK) is your best bet, in post COVID-19 world at least. They have more A380 aircraft than any other airline, and equipment change is arguably much less likely to happen compared to other airlines.
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:30 pm

Assuming I choose EK, will I be able to take a video of the takeoff and landing? I know the UAE has pretty strict policies when it comes to photography but I don't know if that extends to flights operating in/out of the UAE.
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:15 pm

I will argue the case that the second most likely flyer will be QF, as the range, capacity, and lack of immediate replacement for USA-Australia capacity will keep it around.

At least for a while.

Has there been any word on British Airways? They are still showing a daily rotation for September to LAX in their schedule. I know that's a LONG way off, but it does show a commitment, at least for now.
 
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:11 pm

PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:
I will argue the case that the second most likely flyer will be QF, as the range, capacity, and lack of immediate replacement for USA-Australia capacity will keep it around.

At least for a while.


QF has stated 2023 as an A380 restart at this stage, but I agree that the aircraft is the best in the fleet truly post-Covid for Oz-US.

Unless the vaccination program is fast and massively successful, or the virus run to a natural end, I expect travel restrictions for Australians (and Kiwis), especially to highly infected locations such as the US, will remain restricted for quite some time.

Australia and NZ, with a population of 30 million combined, currently have two (2) Covid cases in ICU, and around 300 active cases total being managed. Even a tiny threat to that bubble sees major public reaction.
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Re: Flying on the A380 post-COVID

Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:31 am

StlHsvSfoSan wrote:
Aren't SQ planning on flying some (but not all) of their A380s post-pandemic ?


SQ will keep 12 of the 19 A380 fleet.

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