Breaking: Qatar Airways CEO Says Half Its A380 Fleet Will Be Retired - Simple Flying


Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has confirmed half his A380s won’t fly for the airline again. Speaking at a CAPA Live event today, Mr Al Baker said the A380 was one of the worst planes in the sky when it came to emissions and overall efficiency. The airline isn’t operating any of its A380s at the moment. Expanding on the subject, Mr Al Baker went on to say in the future, only half of Qatar’s A380s will fly again.

Qatar Airways won’t be bringing back half of its A380 fleet. Photo: Qatar Airways

“And when we operate them (the A380s again), we will only operate half the numbers we have,” he said.

When it comes to the A380, Akbar Al Baker has the seven-year itch

Qatar Airways has ten A380s in its fleet. The first arrived at the airline in 2014 and the most recent in 2018. Seven years ago, Akbar Al Baker was full of praise for the mega jumbo.

“By introducing the A380 to our ever-expanding fleet, it will strengthen Doha’s position as a key regional and global aviation hub.

“The arrival of the A380 opens a new chapter in the unparalleled, signature service we provide to travelers on board with Qatar Airways.”

Akbar Al Baker (left) in happier days, picking up his first A380. Photo: Airbus

In 2021, Akbar Al Baker has fallen out of love with the plane. Speaking with Peter Harbinson at CAPA Live on Wednesday, the airline CEO was