Emirates will be paring 46 planes including 10 Airbus A380 in coming weeks to months, due to shortage of pilots and decreased seasonal demand.. sources close to Emirates said.
It is a common practice to park aircraft during the non-peak seasons, but this time Emirates is parking aircraft in unprecedented numbers.
The airline is said to park 11 Boeing 777s and 1 Airbus A380 in the month of April, 14 Boeing 777s and six Airbus A380s in May, and 11 Boeing 777s and three Airbus A380s in June this year.
In total the airline will be parking 36 Boeing 777s and 10 Airbus A380s, which is about 18% of Emirates’ fleet and aircraft downtime would cost the airline $46 million a month.
Since there is not enough room to store planes at Dubai International Airport, Emirates is flying these planes to Dubai World Central Airport to park.
The airline has recently seen pilots quitting to work in other airlines, but the Emirates’ President understated that the airline is “a tad short on pilots.,” weeks ago. Though Emirates is considered as one of the best airline to work, the long working hours specially mid to dawn flights have forced the pilots to look for work elsewhere. Also Due to worldwide demand for pilots, most of the pilots are getting back to their home country to stay with their families.