The world’s largest fleet of wide-bodied aircraft, the A380, should be fully airborne again as soon as possible in view of the increasing number of passengers. This was announced by the head of the Emirates airline, Tim Clark, on Wednesday in Berlin the ILA Air Show on.
Accordingly, 65 to 70 of the 119 operational Emirates examples of the world’s largest passenger aircraft are currently flying. The remaining planes are scheduled to be activated once crews are trained, Clark said. “We’ll get her back as soon as we can.”
“The bottleneck is our training capacity.” 40 to 50 pilots still have to be trained, as well as cabin crews. It is about the highest standard of safety. “We don’t make any compromises.”
Lufthansa is also considering a return given the strong demand for tickets their mothballed A380. The decision on this should be made in the summer.
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Emirates is also presenting its A380 at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Schoenefeld. Emirates has been trying for years to get additional landing rights so that it can also fly to BER in Germany.
“Why build a great new airport and not let anyone in?” Clark asked. They wanted to provide additional services and not harm anyone, assured Clark, “including our friends in Frankfurt,” he added, referring to Lufthansa. At the same time, he ruled out withdrawing from other airports such as Hamburg in favor of BER. (dpa)