|Emirates CEO has said that A380 and B747 are over.|
Clark said that he expects airline to be 20-30% smaller than Pre-Corona Virus Crisis with reduction in fleet-size and passenger number.
Airlines around the globe are parking their aircraft reviewing huge decrease in demand for air travel due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Airlines are not expecting this issue to be resolved anytime soon.
Almost all the Airbus A380s are currently grounded except those of China Southern Airlines which has been operating flights from Guangzhou to London Heathrow, Los Angeles and other destinations in Europe and North America.
|Boeing 747s are popular among cargo operators Photo: UPS|
However, large number of Boeing 747s, mainly the freighter versions are carrying necessary supplies and vital medical kits around the globe.
In the interview with UAE publication, The National, Emirates CEO Clark said:
“We know the A380 is over, the 747 is over but the A350 and the 787 will always have a place.”
|Airbus A380s play vital role in Emirates operation|
He concluded this saying that the Airbus A350s and B787s will be a better fit probably for global demand in the years post the pandemic.
He added that he sees the demand for these bigger aircraft slowing and expects their number will be lower within next three to five years.
|Boeing did not delivered any Boeing 747s in Q1 of 2020 Photo: @Sam Chui|
Both Airbus and Boeing has recognized this and are already slowing down the production of Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s. Airbus has announced to cut A380s production in 2021. Meanwhile, Boeing delivered zero B747s in the first quarter of 2020.
However, the Airbus A380s are unlikely to go anywhere soon. Emirates currently operates with a fleet of 257 wide-body passenger aircraft.
Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator with 115 A380s already in its fleet as well as the World’s largest Boeing 777 operator with 142 B777s in its fleet currently. Emirates still has 8 more Airbus A380s on order.
|Airbus has already planned to cut the A380 production in 2021 Photo: @Tobias_Gudat|
Emirates was planning to keep the 15 year old A380s in their fleet, although they generally don’t operate a plane for that long, maintaining younger fleet.
The plane may temporarily serve as a freighter among its operators. Lufthansa Technik has already begun the conversion of an A380 for cargo operations for an undisclosed airline.
Meanwhile, Boeing 747s are already popular around the world for cargo operations with cargo variant receiving more orders than the passenger jet lately.
|Emirates ordered 50 Airbus A350s at the Dubai Airshow Photo: Airbus|
Last year, Emirates confirmed a deal for 50 Airbus A350-900 aircraft along with 30 Boeing 787-9s separately. These aircraft will be used to partially fill up the capacity after the retirement of A380s.
However, the Dubai-based carrier is not expecting to receive its first A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft until at least 2023 in its business plan.
|Emirates has 126 Boeing 777X on order Photo: Emirates|
However, Emirates CEO didn’t comment on the airline plane for a huge order of 126 next-generation Boeing 777X aircraft. Some of the airlines are planning to defer their orders for the Boeing 777X, with the likes of Cathay Pacific.
This week, Air Canada also announced that it will retire a total of 79 aircraft including 30 Boeing 767s, 35 Airbus A319s and 14 Embraer E190s.
Along with this, Virgin Atlantic also confirmed that it will retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747s immediately.
|Majority of Emirates aircraft are grounded in Dubai Photo: Emirates|
Currently, majority of Emirates fleet are grounded across airports in Dubai citing global drop in demand for air travel and government restrictions.
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