Airbus delivered Singapore Airlines’ 11th A380 and Lufthansa’s second A380 on Friday July 16, taking the in-service fleet of the super-jumbos to 33 aircraft.
The latest SIA and Lufthansa deliveries bring the year’s A380 deliveries by mid-July to 10, putting Airbus on track to meet its full year’s target of at least 20, according to the manufacturer.
The other A380 operators are Emirates Airline, which has a fleet of 11 (and is by far the largest customer for the A380 with a total of 90 ordered), Air France with a fleet of three and Qantas with a fleet of six.
Together the five A380 operators serve 18 major cities worldwide daily. The 31 A380s in service to date have clocked up 156,000 revenue flight hours in some 17,000 commercial flights and transported over six million passengers to 20 major international destinations worldwide, according to Airbus.
Airbus says its analysis of traffic data on various routes before and after the introduction of the A380 has demonstrated benefits such as higher average load factors and a visible market-share shift in favour of the A380. This “A380 effect” is the combined result of the popularity of the A380 with the travelling public and a reduction in fuel-burn and other operating costs.
Toulouse-based Airbus has received 234 orders for the A380 from 17 customers to date.
Lufthansa received its first A380 on May 19 – the carrier has ordered 15 in all – and put it into scheduled service on the Frankfurt-Tokyo route in June.