Qatar Airways Argues It's Unethical To Fly The A380 - One Mile at a Time

Here’s an interesting argument from Qatar Airways regarding its current fleet strategy.

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Qatar Airways has grounded its A380 fleet…

Like many airlines around the world, Qatar Airways has grounded its A380 fleet. This makes sense, given the lack of demand for global travel at the moment.

What I find interesting is an email I just received from a Qatar Airways PR representative, who wanted to see if I was interested in covering a story about the ethics of flying the A380 amidst the current pandemic. Suffice to say that I was intrigued.

Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East, and just the fifth airline in the world, to secure the highest level of accreditation in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Environmental Assessment Program.

The pitch goes on to state that Qatar Airways has decided to ground its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s during the pandemic, instead focusing on utilizing its fleet of 30 Boeing 787s and 49 Airbus A350s.

Using these planes make sense, since they best meet current demand. As it’s described, this allows the airline to remain nimble, and upgrade and downgrade each route based on passenger demand and travel restrictions.

Qatar Airways is currently operating its A350 fleet

…for environmental reasons?!

What I find interesting about the argument is that it’s claimed that “the company believes it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.”

This is supported by explaining that benchmark