Qantas A380 flies into the desert with a new cabin

Airbus A380 (Photo: Pixabay).
Airbus A380 (Photo: Pixabay).

Qantas A380 flies into the desert with a new cabin

Airbus A380 (Photo: Pixabay).
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Like the entire aviation industry, Qantas has to abandon previously established strategies and rethink it. The national airline of Australia is now sending freshly modernized Airbus A380 aircraft to the California desert.

Qantas probably had a completely different picture: they wanted to equip the A380 fleet at Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden with new cabins for the future. This modernization program should be completed by the end of 2020. But then Corona came. And with it the uncertainty as to whether the A380 will take off again at all.

So far, 11 super jumbos have been buried in the "aircraft graveyard" of Victorville, such as flugrevue.de reported. The last aircraft in the A380 fleet is also expected to join soon. When the planes will be able to welcome passengers on board again is still in the stars. Qantas hopes the A380 fleet will return in 2023.

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