Could The Etihad Airbus A380 Make A Comeback?

I would love for it to be true, but I wouldn't take it as fact yet.

There are six A380s that could return to service.

At the start of the epidemic, the airline grounded its A380s. The airline made it clear from the beginning that the planes wouldn't be coming back. The impact of the Pandemic was not the only reason for that, as the airline was already trying to change its business plan before the epidemic.

Some interesting claims have been made by a user on the social networking site. I would note that he is usually pretty accurate with his reporting, though I wouldn't take a single claim on the social networking site as fact. It is fun to speculate when it involves one of my favorite planes.

According to this report.

Four A380s are going to be returned by the airlines, an agreement has been reached.
The airline plans to put six A380s back in service soon.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is a new low cost carrier joint venture that is involved in the transfer of the A320 aircraft from Etihad to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

The residence of the airline is the A380.

I wouldn't bet anything on this news because it's based on a single report on the internet from someone who is usually reliable. British Airways, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines have all put their A380s back into service recently.

There are some insights around what's happening with the airline. 6 are expected to return soon.
All A320s are expected to be transferred to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi along with the crew in a "move or your sacked" offer.

M Zulqarnain B posted on December 29, 2021.

My take on the fleet plan.

One of my favorite uses of American AAdvantage miles is the use of the A380 first class by Etihad. There are two interesting claims regarding the A380s and A320s. The A380 claim is the first thing we should start with.

I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the A380s returned to service, they're still quite new, and there are some markets where there's a solid amount of demand.
On the other hand, the airline is currently not flying its brand new A350-1000s, which have been in storage since the airline took delivery of them.
If there is a major advantage to not flying A350s, it would be a good idea to temporarily lease the planes to other airlines, or perhaps even to fly them out of the country.

The A380 is a first class apartment.

There is a report about the transfer of narrow body aircraft by Etihad to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

I was curious about what cooperation would be like between the two airlines when the arrangement was first announced, since Etihad is looking to sell as many assets as possible, and become leaner and more efficient.
I hope the airline maintains a business class cabin and offers similar services and amenities to what passengers would receive if they were flying from the US to the Middle East.
If Air Arabia Abu Dhabi doesn't have business class or a full service offering on these flights, then it's not a big deal, but if it does, then it's just an exercise in cutting staffing costs.

The A320 business class is owned by Etihad.

The bottom line.

It is being reported that six A380s may be coming back into service. That would be great news, since the plan was to retire the A380 fleet. The good news is that Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will take over the A320s from Etihad.

I think this is fun speculation, and we will see how it plays out. I can make sense of it, but not everything.

What do you think about this rumor?

The tip of the hat is to paddle your own kaki.

Ben is the founder of OMAAT.