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The [color=#222222]Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, is making quite the comeback right now. It was recently considered the plane of a bygone, pre-pandemic, era, according to [color=#222222]Bloomberg[/color]. However, overwhelming flight demand has brought it back from the near-dead.[/color]
It’s great news for plane spotters who enjoy a thicc fuselage as well as airlines who no longer have to worry whether or not its A380s are worth keeping around.
When the pandemic first took hold in early 2020, many airlines didn’t see much of a use for the enormous jets. Qantas parked 12 of them in the California desert, saying they wouldn’t be needed for at least three years. Etihad Airways also parked 10 A380s, unsure if they would ever fly again.
But now, all of that is in the past.
[T]this year’s sudden travel recovery has given the cavernous jets — often seating more than 500 people — a new lease of life. They have become the long-range jumbo of choice for airlines from the UK to the Gulf and Australia as passenger volumes stretch aviation workforces that were depleted during the crisis.
By the end of 2022, monthly A380 flights will be almost 60% of pre-Covid totals, Cirium data show, defying the jet’s doubters. British Airways will operate more A380 flights by the end of the year than it did before Covid-19.
This article first appeared on jalopnik.com
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