Qatar Airways will keep its A380s on the ground for several years.

Qatar Airlines‘ fleet of 10 Airbus A380 aircraft is likely to remain on the ground for several years due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on travel demand, the airline’s chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said Monday, Reuters reported.

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“We don’t think we are going to operate our A380s for at least the next couple of years,” Akbar al-Baker told an online conference.

Baker criticised rivals operating the A380 as “foolish”, saying there was insufficient demand and so prices would be driven down.

Air France retired its A380s this year, while British Airways and Qantas retired their Boeing 747s as the crisis sent air travel into free fall.

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