In the recent development of events, Qatar Airways is looking forward to ‘unwillingly’ reinitiating the service of 10 of its grounded Airbus A380 for a temporary period of time. The reinitiating is being planned as there has been a capacity shortage due to the grounding of A350s carriers as informed by the company. According to the plan as of now, the airline is going to launch its superjumbos A380s on “key winter routes” which will include airports such as London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle on December 15th. Earlier this week, Qatar Airways flew one of its A380 for the first time in over 18 months from Doha International Airport to Hamad International Airport.
The Issue with the Airbus A350 Carriers
Qatar Airways had to ground nineteen of its Airbus A350s quite recently because of the violations of the mandate provided by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA). The violation was described by the airline as an accelerated surface degradation condition affecting the surface of the composite aircraft below the paint due to which it had to discontinue its carriers. The airline is currently flying to around 140 destinations and has also introduced some of the A330 carriers as the travel restriction around the world eases and travel demand rises.
The CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker said in a statement that they are forced to bring back A380s for its key winter routes after the grounding of the airline’s A350s fleet. He further informed that grounding has been caused by an ongoing issue related to accelerated degradation of the fuselage surface below the paint and no solution to the problem has been found yet.
He added that the reintroduction of the A380 fleet is a short-term measure taken to meet the airline’s commercial demand and they will be looking forward to the seriousness of the matter that is grounding of A350s which has twin-engine and is more fuel-efficient than the former. Al Baker said that the airline is intended to find a permanent solution to the issue revolving around Airbus A350 and has ‘strongly urged’ Airbus to look into the investigation as a priority.