British Airways Won’t Retire The Airbus A380 Anytime Soon

Lovers of the Airbus A380 are in for some good news today! Following IAG’s capital market day presentation, it looks like the Airbus A380 won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

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British Airways will keep flying the Airbus A380 for the foreseeable future. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft. However, despite the aircraft’s huge popularity with passengers, airlines around the world are already thinking of retiring it. Emirates has committed to keeping the giant in the skies until at least 2030, and now it seems as though British Airways intends to keep the giant of the skies flying for some time too. How do we know? Let’s take a look!

British Airways’ clues

While British Airways hasn’t confirmed how long they will keep flying the Airbus A380, there are some clues from the airline dotted around that show it will be a while at least. The clearest clue to date came from the International Airlines Group’s capital market day presentation earlier today.

Hidden away in the slide about the Club Suite rollout, British Airways has indicated plans for the Airbus A380.

British Airways aims to have finished rolling out the new club suite business class cabin to its London Heathrow fleet by 2025. According to a presentation from IAG, British Airways’ Airbus A380 aircraft will be the last to receive the new Club Suite.

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British Airways will roll the Club Suite across its Heathrow fleet by 2025. Image: IAG

BA’s A380s will start to receive the new Club World suite in 2023, however, the final A380 won’t have the Club Suite until 2025. One would expect that this means the aircraft will stay in the skies until the late 2020s at least.

As is the case with any business, British Airways doesn’t want to be spending money it will not see a return on. As a result, we know that the airline will likely not retire the aircraft for at least three or four years after fitting the Club Suite. After all, there’s no use in fitting something you’re about to get rid of.

Very happy with the A380

In February Willie Walsh told how he was very happy with the Airbus A380. At a oneworld press conference attended by Simple Flying, the IAG Chief commented,

“We’re pleased with [the A380], pleased we ordered the aircraft and we’re absolutely committed to continuing operating the 12 aircraft that we have in the fleet at the moment.”

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Willie Walsh said the carrier was very happy with the A380. Photo: British Airways

Additionally, at the time Mr Walsh indicated that he would consider ordering more A380s, but only at a far more attractive price. However, just 13 days later Airbus pulled the plug on the Airbus A380 project, canning the possibility of any more new A380s for British Airways.

Would you like British Airways to keep flying the Airbus A380, or has its time come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!