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Qantas Sees Airbus A380 Superjumbo Fleet Returning to Skies

  • Australian airline grounded its A380s in June last year
  • Carrier expects to resume overseas routes from end of October
Alan Joyce
Alan JoycePhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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Qantas Airways Ltd. expects all of its Airbus SE A380s to return to the skies, a signal of confidence that demand for global air travel will recover and make the superjumbo viable again.

“We think we will reactivate all of the A380s. We spent a lot of money on them,” Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said at a CAPA Live virtual conference Wednesday. “Once demand is there, they’re going to be good aircraft.” The Australian airline grounded all 12 of its four-engined behemoths in June, saying they’d be useless for at least three years.