Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is another who sees a continuing place for the A380 in his airline’s operations, although he has said he does not expect it to return to service until 2023.
Qantas has written down the value of its planes and believes they can fly profitably to slot-constrained airports such as Los Angeles.
Whether it returns all its superjumbos to service remains to be seen but there has been recent speculation some could return earlier than originally expected.
Others that have indicated plans for the aircraft include Singapore Airlines and British Airways.
The final A380 to come off the production line has made its maiden flight in Toulouse.
Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury posted a photograph of the aircraft, MSN 272, on Twitter, congratulating workers for their contributions over the years.
“Looking forward to supporting this iconic aircraft & its customers for many years, delivering best-in-class passenger experience,” he said.
As the tail indicates, the aircraft is headed to Dubai-based Emirates to join the world’s biggest fleet of double-decker superjumbos.
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