Qantas says too many Airbus A380s are returning from storage at once

March 1, 2023
With airlines scrambling to reactivate the superjumbos, spaces at dedicated maintenance facilities have begun running slim, Molly Russell reports for Simple Flying.

MASCOT, Australia - Australian flag carrier Qantas is facing some setbacks with the return of its Airbus A380s, Aerotime reports. In a statement, the airline confirmed that slot constraints with its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services are slowing the reactivation of the super jumbo jets, and a complete return of its entire A380 fleet may not happen until "early 2025," Molly Russell reports for Simple FlyingContinue reading original article.

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1 March 2023 - With post-COVID travel on the upswing, Russell reports for Simple Flying that Qantas has moved nine of its A380s from storage though just six are back in service due to maintenance the superjumbos need before taking back to the skies.

"Every maintenance facility around the world is very full because every airline is trying to get their aircraft back up and running," Chief Executive Alan Joyce told Aviation International News.

In addition to high demand for MRO slots, the commercial air sector is still dealing with supply chain woes.

“Aircraft manufacturers are seeing the same supply chain delays as a lot of other industries and we’ve been told that some of our deliveries will be pushed back by up to six months, Joyce said. "When you combine the delays with the sustained growth in travel demand that we’re seeing, we need to find other ways to lift capacity in the short and medium term.”

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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