Qatar Airways will operate half of its fleet of ten Airbus A380 jets once they return to service, group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said Wednesday.
The national carrier grounded its superjumbos last year after the coronavirus pandemic led to a collapse in global travel demand.
"The 380 is, I think, one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that is flying today. This is why we have decided that we will not operate them for the foreseeable future and even when we operate them we will only operate half the numbers we have," al-Baker told an online CAPA forum.
Addressing the @FlightGlobal’s #Airlines2050 summit in October last year al-Baker had said, “I don’t think that the A380 will get back into the skies in the short term,” and cited the type’s “unfavourable economics” amid the coronavirus crisis.
“Recognising early the shift in consumer sentiment towards sustainability, we have been proactive in ensuring we operate the latest most fuel-efficient aircraft.”
Qatar Airways’ fuel optimisation initiatives have helped the national airline to work towards improved efficiency and carbon reduction in addition to its investments in the most advanced aircraft technology.
The national carrier has aligned with the international aviation industry’s climate change goals. With a young fleet of fuel efficient aircraft, including the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways continues to offer passengers a sustainable solution for their travel, according to the airline’s Annual Report Fiscal 2020.
“We remain compliant to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, and are currently monitoring carbon emissions for the baseline year of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – CORSIA,” Qatar Airways noted.
Qatar Airways aircraft feature “clean and quiet” engine technology, and by monitoring adherence to airport noise abatement procedures and air quality regulations, it has aligned its operations with the authorities and community requirements at various global destinations.