British Aways A380 aircraft will be retained on the ground until at least the beginning of 2021.
Airbus 380 aircraft owned by British Airways will be retained on the ground until early 2021. This comes after The United Kingdom has announced its entry into the second lockdown.
The new restrictions, which apply from 5 November to 2 December, prohibit non-essential international travel for UK residents. Residents can only travel for studies, in the interest of work, to solve legal problems or in exceptional cases.
The restrictions were initially set for one month. However, ministers suggested that they could be extended if the spread of the virus is not stopped. They apply to both international and domestic flights.
In fact, all UK airlines are forced to change their flight schedule for the quarantine period imposed by the Government of London. British Airways operates at 30% of total capacity compared to the same period last year.
All 12 Airbus A380s owned by British Airways have been detained on the ground since March 2020. At the time, the airline had to reduce the number of flights due to the growing Covid-19 pandemic.
Returning these aircraft to operational service proved to be a mistake. Due to the restrictions imposed by each country, market demand is far too low for this type of aircraft. British Airways has decided to keep all A380 aircraft on the ground until at least the beginning of 2021.
Airbus A380 has a capacity of 469 seats and is used for flights to major destinations in North America, Asia and Africa. Most aircraft are stored at Chateauroux Airport in France. However, some have been moved from one base to another for maintenance.
Delivery of Boeing 777-9 aircraft will be delayed by at least one year
In early 2019, IAG (International Airlines Group) ordered 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft, plus 24 options for British Airways. The 18 aircraft will replace 14 x Boeing 747-400 and 4 x Boeing 777-220, which will be withdrawn from service by the British airline.
In the current situation, the program is already delayed by at least a year, and the delivery of the 18 aircraft will not be done on time. BA withdrew the last Boeing 747-400 aircraft in early October.
Although there is speculation that British Airways will withdraw the A380 fleet, the airline said there are no plans in this direction.