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Qatar Airways brings its A-380 aircraft back into operation

After grounding of 19 A-350 fleet

A Qatar Airways A-380 airplane took to the skies for the first time in more than 18 months earlier this week, positioning the aircraft from Doha International Airport to Hamad International Airport after the airline reluctantly took the decision to welcome the fleet back into operation due to ongoing capacity shortage.

It is anticipated that at least five of the airline’s 10 A-380 aircraft will be brought back into service on a temporary basis over the coming weeks to support fleet capacity on key winter routes, including London-Heathrow and Paris-"CDG", from 15 December 2021.

The national carrier for the State of Qatar is currently facing significant limitations to its fleet capacity as a result of the recent grounding of 19 of its A-350 fleet due to an accelerated surface degradation condition impacting the surface of the aircraft below the paint, as mandated by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA).

The airline also recently re-introduced a number of its A-330 fleet following a continued increase in capacity requirements due to the easing of travel restrictions and the upcoming peak winter holiday period, which are anticipated to see a return to pre-COVID levels.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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