Both Singapore Airlines and Emirates have begun to retire their fleets of Airbus A380 aircraft. However, with new aircraft still on order the aircraft isn’t disappearing from the skies just yet!
In case you’re still desperate to fly on the Airbus A380, Simple Flying has compiled a list of current Airbus A380 routes by airline in alphabetical order.
1. Air France
Air France has a fleet of ten Airbus A380 aircraft based at Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport, flying to 11 destinations. From the Paris hub, flights connect to Abidjan, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington.
2. All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways, or ANA, became the last operator to receive its first new Airbus A380 earlier this year. The carrier currently has two Airbus A380s which it operates between Tokyo and Honolulu. A third final A380 is set to join the fleet next year. All three will sport a turtle themed livery.
3. Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines operates a fleet of six Airbus A380s. Based out of Seoul, the airline flies these aircraft to seven destinations. The routes from Seoul are Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, and, slightly closer to home, Tokyo.
4. British Airways
British Airways has a fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft. All of these aircraft are based in London, at the carrier’s home airport, Heathrow. From here, BA flies the aircraft to ten destinations. These are Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, and Washington.
5. China Southern
China Southern has just five Airbus A380 aircraft and, as such, the routes provided by the airline are fairly limited. From Beijing, the carrier operates the aircraft to just two destinations, Guangzhou and Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the airline took one of its A380s to Beijing Daxing Airport to help test the facilities. China Southern will soon be sending the Airbus A380 to Melbourne for around a month in mid-January.
Emirates is the world’s largest Airbus A380 operator. While the carrier has started using its early A380s for spares, it is also the only carrier with more than one of the aircraft still on order. The airline has 112 A380s in its fleet and flies to over 50 destinations. Full warning, the list of destinations is long, so feel free to skip to the next airline if you’re in a rush.
With the Airbus A380, Emirates flies from Dubai to: Amman, Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Birmingham, Boston, Brisbane, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dallas, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat (the world’s shortest Airbus A380 route), New York, Nice, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington, and Zurich.
Emirates operates fifth freedom Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Christchurch, and from Milan to New York.
7. Etihad Airways
Etihad has just 10 Airbus A380s on its books, all based in Abu Dhabi. From here, they fly to London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Seoul, and Sydney, for a total of six destinations.
8. Hi Fly
Hi Fly’s sole Airbus A380 is intriguing, being that it is the only wet-lease A380 in the world. The aircraft used to work for Singapore Airlines, however, it now flies all over the world offering wet-lease and charter availability. Most recently, Norwegian Airlines has been using the aircraft. Hi Fly wants additional A380s to expand its offering. When not flying around the world, the aircraft is based in Beja, Portugal.
9. Korean Air
There’s no prize for guessing that Korean Air’s Airbus A380 hub is Seoul. From here, the airline’s ten A380s serve six destinations. These are London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Sydney, and Taipei.
Lufthansa has a fleet of 14 Airbus A380 aircraft. These are spread across Frankfurt and Munich Airport. The schedule is due to change as the German flag carrier moves more aircraft to Munich, however, Lufthansa currently flies to 12 destinations from Frankfurt and six from Munich.
From Frankfurt, Lufthansa flies to Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore. Meanwhile, from Munich, the airline flies to Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Shanghai.
11. Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines has a modest fleet of just six Airbus A380 aircraft. These are based in Kuala Lumpur and fly to just two destinations; Hong Kong and London. However, the airline will soon be sending its A380 to Sydney on a handful of dates in December.
Qantas is the flag carrier of Australia. The airline has a fleet of 12 Airbus A380s which are based in Sydney and Melbourne. The aircraft fly both east and west from both hubs, serving as far away as London.
From Sydney, the Australian carrier heads to five destinations. These are Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, and Singapore. Meanwhile, from Melbourne, the options are slightly more restricted. These routes are Dubai, Los Angeles, and Singapore.
13. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is another airline that has signaled its intent to retire the Airbus A380. The airline’s fleet of ten aircraft is based in Doha. From here the aircraft fly to a total of eight destinations. These destinations are Bangkok, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, London, Melbourne, Paris, Perth, and last but by no means least, Sydney.
14. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of the Airbus A380. However, like Emirates, the airline has already begun to scrap some of its earlier aircraft. One of Singapore Airlines’ A380s is the previously mentioned Hi Fly aircraft.
Singapore Airlines currently has 19 Airbus A380 aircraft in operation. These aircraft fly to 13 different destinations from the airlines home airport in Singapore. The routes offered by the airline are Auckland, Beijing, Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, and Zurich.
15. Thai Airways
Our last airline in terms of alphabetical order is Thai Airways. The flag carrier of Thailand has a smaller Airbus A380 operation with six of the aircraft currently in use. These six aircraft are based in Bangkok where they fly to five destinations. The destinations Thai Airways uses the Airbus A380 to are Frankfurt, London, Osaka, Paris, and Tokyo.
In the last 1000 words, we’ve summarised 152 Airbus A380 routes for you, which are correct as of now. However, as airline schedules continue to evolve, this could be subject to change. Unfortunately, with some airlines already looking to retire the aircraft, and no new orders being accepted, the network is likely to shrink in the not too distant future.
Have you flown on the Airbus A380? Which route did you take and what did you think? Let us know in the comments!
Airline fleet taken from Airbus order books as of 31st of August. Route data as per iflya380.com on September 9th and 10th.