Berlin - Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al-Baker confirmed that the Gulf carrier will start phasing out its current Airbus A380s in the fleet from 2024 onwards.
Last month, the European aircraft manufacturer announced that it would terminate its A380 program due to lack of demand. Airbus will deliver the last A380 to Emirates Airlines in 2021.
“We will start phasing out A380 as soon as it is ten years old,” Akbar al-Baker told reporters at the ITB travel fair in Berlin.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A380 in 2014. The airline has currently ten A380 in its fleet. The airline will replace the Airbus's superjumbos with the Boeing's new generation 777Xs.
The carrier has also been phasing out its A340s for a while in favor of newer and more efficient A350 XWBs and 787s. As of March 31st, the remaining A340s will make their last scheduled flights to Kuala Lumpur and Colombo from Doha.
The new trend in fleet modernization today is the smaller and more efficient planes with new generation engines alongside the lighter composite materials used in the construction and aerodynamic improvements implemented on the airframes.
The boss of the Qatari flag carrier also said that the UK’s decision to leave the European would not change the airline's strategy on its stake in the International Airline Group (IAG).
“We are in for the long term. It is a very successful investment,” Al-Baker said.