Etihad has announced that as part of its recovery effort from the COVID-19 pandemic, its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s will remain grounded indefinitely. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates will focus on being a mid-size carrier and will only operate twin-engine aircraft until demand returns.
Currently, the airlines 10 A380s remain grounded. With 9 of the aircraft stored in Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s hub. A6-APA, the airlines first A380 has been flown to Tarbes in France. It is likely the remainder of the fleet could join A6-APA given the long term grounding of the A380 fleet.
A spokesperson for Etihad said
As Etihad continues to focus on recovery and rebuilding our global network, we will continue to rely on the efficiencies and advantages of our twin engine, wide-body aircraft. During this period, Etihad’s 10 A380s will remain grounded, unless the demand grows and there is sufficient appetite to reassess their viability”
Etihad also told staff, in an internal memo, that more jobs would be cut and employees furloughed as part of the airlines continued restructuring.