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British Airways will resume A380 services and passengers will be able to book SHORT DISTANCE trips from November

British Airways will resume A380 services, and passengers will be able to book SHORT DISTANCE trips from November on the superjumbo to Madrid and Frankfurt

  • A travel site says documents were sent confirming BA’s A380s are returning
  • European A380 services will begin on November 8, long-haul services in December
  • Meanwhile, Qatar Airways will also resume A380 services.


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British Airways will soon re-establish Airbus A380 services, starting, incredibly, with short-haul flights using the superjumbo between London, Madrid and Frankfurt.

That’s according to the flight tips site. God save the points (GSTP), which says that “scheduling and operating documents confirming British Airways plans to return the A380 to service” were sent, along with the Head For Points site.

GSTP said European A380 services will begin on November 8, before long-haul superjumbo services resume in December to Dubai, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.

British Airways will soon re-establish Airbus A380 services, starting, incredibly, with short-haul flights using the superjumbo between London, Madrid and Frankfurt.

British Airways will soon re-establish Airbus A380 services, starting, incredibly, with short-haul flights using the superjumbo between London, Madrid and Frankfurt.

In 2019, MailOnline Travel flew first class (pictured) with BA to Johannesburg in an A380, and back in economy class.  Cabin experience in both directions was very good, we reported

In 2019, MailOnline Travel flew first class (pictured) with BA to Johannesburg in an A380, and back in economy class.  Cabin experience in both directions was very good, we reported

In 2019, MailOnline Travel flew first class (pictured) with BA to Johannesburg in an A380, and back in economy class. Cabin experience in both directions was very good, we reported

The idea, GSTP said, behind short-haul services, is to re-familiarize the crew and pilots with the aircraft.

GSTP added: ‘It is unlikely that it can be booked first class, unless business class (Club) is sold out, but saying you have flown an A380 on a two hour flight is fun.

“These flights will not have the latest business class Club Suite seats, but offer a stellar economy experience for short haul flights within Europe, thanks to the dimensions of the long haul seats.”

In 2019, MailOnline Travel flew first class with BA to Johannesburg in an A380 and back in economy class.

The cabin experience in both directions was very good, we reported.

European BA A380 services will begin on November 8, before long-haul services resume in December to Dubai, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.

European BA A380 services will begin on November 8, before long-haul services resume in December to Dubai, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.

European BA A380 services will begin on November 8, before long-haul services resume in December to Dubai, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is also resuming A380 services.

Last year, the airline indefinitely parked its 10 A380s after the Covid-19 collapse on long-haul travel, and said it would only use five of them once they returned to service.

Executive Traveler, quoting the airline’s chief executive, said Qatar Airways would operate flights with five of its A380s parked starting in November, with all 10 possibly returning next year.

“We have to find capacity for our passengers who need airlines to take them to their loved ones at Christmas,” said Akbar Al Baker.

A representative for Qatar Airways confirmed that the report was accurate.

The five A380s would give the Gulf carrier more than half the 4,000-seat capacity it had lost in Qatar’s regulatory grounding of 13 A350s in August.

The ground connection followed allegations by Qatar Airways that the surface of the fuselage under the paint on each of the planes was deteriorating.

The airline has been locked in a months-long public dispute with Airbus over the allegations, insisting that it will not accept any delivery of the A350 until the issue is resolved.

Emirates will receive three more A380s from Airbus this year and its latest unit is scheduled to join its fleet in November, pushing the original delivery deadline forward from June 2022.

These deliveries will bring Emirates’ total A380 fleet to 118 units in November.

Emirates has re-established its A380 operations on more than a dozen popular routes.

There are currently a total of 48 A380s in service globally and 195 in storage, according to Cirium, an expert in travel data and analytics.

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