Malaysia Airlines announces A380-retirement
Not really a surprise but the CEO of Malaysia Airlines has announced the airline will not bring the A380 back and is looking at "ways and means to dispose the aircraft" but acknowledging that the market conditions to do so are quite tough for the A380.
The airline has been struggling with the type, even before the current pandemic, and considered launching a special Hajj-flight division which would then use these aircraft on pilgrim-flights. The plans for this, however, have been shelved due to the pandemic.
Malaysia Airlines has a fleet of six A380s, the first of which arrived in May 2012 and the last in March 2013. All six are currently stored at Kuala Lumpur but did made short test-flights in March and April for maintenance-reason.
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