The A380’s commercial and operational success is spurring airlines to schedule multiple daily flights – in some cases three, four, five or even six frequencies – on key routes with the Airbus flagship jetliner.
An example is the A380 deployment strategy at Emirates, which is the largest operator to date, using more than 20 of these jetliners in scheduled service. On its Dubai-London route, Emirates has up to four A380 flights daily, with further increases possible in the future, according to Richard Carcaillet, the Airbus Director of A380 Product Marketing.
Emirates has two daily A380 Dubai-Bangkok services, while the regional segment between Dubai and Jeddah also is served by two A380 flights each day.
The Singapore-London route has as many as six A380 flights per day, consisting of up to four by Singapore Airlines, and Qantas performing another two. Singapore Airlines schedules two daily A380 frequencies to Sydney as well, while China Southern flies the jetliner twice a day on its internal route linking the cities of Beijing and Guangzhou.
With an A380 taking off or landing every eight minutes somewhere in the world, the 21st century flagship jetliner is confirming its capability to generate traffic and revenue for airlines – while demonstrating reliability rates of 98 per cent or more.
The newest operator is Malaysia Airlines, which introduced Kuala Lumpur-London service on 1 July with an initial A380. Its second A380 will be delivered soon, having been in the spotlight during a three-day appearance at this week’s Farnborough Airshow.