Airbus confirmed displaying two A380s at Dubai Airshow as it continues to promote the plane in the secondhand market.
The Airbus said to stop building its A380 superjumbo in 2021, after receiving net orders for 290 jets, with 239 delivered to 15 different operators.
Emirates, the largest operator of the plane received its 113th A380 on 11 Nov, 2019.
However, Airbus continues to help find new homes for used A380s, so to support the plane’s existence “for decades to come.”
In 2018, Hi Fly, a Portuguese aircraft leasing company became the first operator of a secondhand Airbus A380.
After experiencing the first A380, the Hi Fly President and CEO Paulo Mirpuri said in February this year that his company could look to take on another secondhand A380.
“The second (A380) will be a lot easier, so we will be driven by market demand. And we will need to have one full year of operation before we decide about the next one, and the third one, and the fourth one,” he said to Forbes.
British Airways, which operates 12 A380s, may not take secondhand A380s.
British Airways CEO Cruz said in February “Imagine that we find a suitable used, relatively new A380 whose owners don’t want any more – think Malaysian, think Emirates, think Lufthansa,” …”Imagine they give it to us at a really reasonable price. Everything breaks down the moment you start thinking about the inside of the aircraft.”
Cruz then said the cost to reconfigure the cabin to BA’s specifications “can run to between $30-50 million” per aircraft. “To put that into a lease rate, all of a sudden it takes the aircraft completely out of the market.”
BA signed a deal with Boeing for up to 42 777-9s, comprising 18 firm aircraft and 24 options in February, to replace 747-400s and 777-200s.