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Three airlines — Singapore Airlines (SIA), Emirates and Etihad — had started flying this plane to Mumbai. Etihad pulled out the A-380 from this route last July and replaced it with Airbus A-340.
Etihad, which now has no A-380 service to India, said “travellers from India flying to Abu Dhabi can experience the A-380 from Abu Dhabi to New York (twice daily), Paris (daily), London (three times daily) and Sydney (twice daily).”
Delhi gets the A-380 of two airlines, SIA and Lufthansa, and both are continuing. “Lufthansa operates the Airbus A-380 on the Delhi-Frankfurt route flight. The schedule will remain the same and there are no plans to reduce or augment the frequency / number of cities of its flights to and from India on the Airbus A-380,” Lufthansa said in a statement.
The A-380 was facing an uncertain future with Airbus getting few orders for this mega plane. This ended on Thursday when Emirates Airline signed a MoU to acquire up to 36 additional A-380 aircraft. This deal is for 20 A-380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at list prices.
This order, said Airbus COO (customers, commercial aircraft) John Leahy, “underscores Airbus’ commitment to produce the A-380 at least for another ten years. I’m personally convinced more orders will follow and that this great aircraft will be built well into the 2030s.”
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