22 Giants Resting: Another Airbus A380 Arrives In Teruel

It seems as though Teruel is the place to be if you are an Airbus A380. Another of…

22 Giants Resting: Another Airbus A380 Arrives In Teruel

It seems as though Teruel is the place to be if you are an Airbus A380. Another of the aircraft from Etihad arrived at the storage facility today, bringing the total number of giants being stored in Teruel to 22.

Etihad Airways has sent another Airbus A380 to Teruel for long-term storage. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

2020 was not a great year to be an Airbus A380. However, it is now starting to look that 2021 is an even worse year for most of the giant aircraft. While Emirates has brought the plane back to service, many airlines such as Etihad and Lufthansa have seemingly sealed the fate of the double-decker.

Another resident

Following another ferry flight today, Teruel now has 22 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways provided the latest addition. While the airline has not formally declared the death of the A380 yet, it has said its return will be doubtful.

According to data from RadarBox.com, today’s flight to Teruel was operated by A6-APH, departing Abu Dhabi (AUH) as EY9124 at 08:57 this morning. The aircraft landed in Teruel shortly after 14:00 local time, taking a reasonably roundabout route to reach the storage facility.

Etihad, Airbus A380, Teruel
A6-APH took a rather roundabout route to Teruel. Photo: RadarBox.com

According to data from ch-avition.com, the aircraft took its first flight on December 22, 2015, before being delivered to the carrier on May 13th. As such, the aircraft is just 5.51 years young. With 486 seats across four cabins, the aircraft currently has a market value of $78.08 million. As of February 28th, the jet had completed 19,981 flight hours across 2,174 flight cycles.

According to FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft’s last passenger flight was on March 17th, 2020. This flight saw the plane flying for 12 hours from New York’s JFK Airport to Abu Dhabi as EY100. Days later, the airline’s entire fleet was grounded as the UAE banned flights to attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19.

In April, Etihad’s CEO revealed that the Airbus A380 is no longer commercially sustainable, leading to the type being parked indefinitely. It’s unclear if they’ll be back, but it would be a shame if Etihad didn’t resume A380 flights, given their youngest jet is just 4.47 years old.

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What do you call a group of A380s?

Swimming penguins are called a raft. There is a gaggle of geese, but what do you call a group of A380s? While the answer is a fleet, we also feel that the adjective ‘impressive’ works here.

Etihad, Airbus A380, Teruel
The A380 isn’t the only aircraft that Etihad has sent to Teruel. Photo: Getty Images

Apart from Emirates and Singapore Airlines, no airline took more than 14 A380s. That’s part of what makes this collection of 22 jets so special. Airlines worldwide have all decided that Teruel is the perfect place to store the giant of the skies.

With today’s arrival, the A380 fleet at the Spanish aircraft nursery comprises the following aircraft (dates are MM/DD/YYY, all data from ch-aviation.com except last flights, which are from FlightRadar24.com),

RegistrationSerial NumberAge (Years)AirlineArrival Date
F-HPJF6410.83Air France04/25/2020
F-HPJG679.76Air France04/25/2020
G-XLEA958.62British Airways11/20/2020
G-XLEB1218.38British Airways11/20/2020
G-XLEC1248.25British Airways12/03/2020
A6-APG1985.62Etihad Airways04/19/2021
A6-APJ2374.47Etihad Airways04/26/2021
A6-APD1806.41Etihad Airways05/11/2021
A6-APF1955.7Etihad Airways05/28/2021
A6-APE1916.1Etihad Airways06/15/2021
A6-APH1995.51Etihad Airways06/23/2021

How many airbus A380s do you think will end up in Teruel? Let us know what you think and why in the comments below!

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Could Turkish Airlines Be Coming To Denver and Dallas Soon?

Turkish Airlines has said that it will be adding two more US routes – Denver and Dallas. That’s…

Could Turkish Airlines Be Coming To Denver and Dallas Soon?

Turkish Airlines has said that it will be adding two more US routes – Denver and Dallas. That’s the message coming from the carrier on June 23rd. If they happen, the full-service airline will serve 12 US airports. We explore Denver and Dallas to Istanbul and beyond.

Turkish Airlines says it’ll begin Denver and Dallas. Photo: BriYYZ via Wikimedia.

The message was somewhat cryptically placed on Turkish Airlines’ website, which says:

If both happen, Turkish Airlines will serve 12 US airports. Image: Turkish Airlines.

At the time of writing this article, nothing else – start dates, frequencies, schedules, equipment – is known. However, if the routes materialize, they would join Newark, which relaunched in May after an absence of 27 years. And, across the border in Canada, Vancouver, which was also inaugurated last month.

Like other US airports, such as Atlanta, there would be relatively little point-to-point demand to Istanbul. In 2019, over eight in 10 Atlanta passengers transited over Istanbul. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Very little point-to-point demand

Of course, neither Dallas nor Denver would be particularly about Istanbul traffic. In 2019, Denver had only about 8,000 round-trip point-to-point (P2P) passengers to Turkey’s largest city, booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyzer suggests.

This is very little for what would comfortably be Colorado’s longest route (6,129 miles), beating Tokyo Narita (5,773 miles) which would be pushed to second. It isn’t much better for Dallas, with around 10,000 Istanbul passengers. Of course, this almost fully misses the point.

Denver would be the airline’s sixth Star hub in the US. Photo: Getty Images.

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So, why Denver and Dallas?

While P2P demand is low, it would be boosted by non-stop service like South Florida to Dubai was for Emirates’ Fort Lauderdale operation. Yet, Turkish Airlines would be significantly about passengers transiting over its Istanbul hub, with the Star Alliance carrier flying to more countries than any other airline.

Indeed, in 2019, Denver – a Star Alliance hub – had approximately 240,000 passengers travel to Turkish Airlines’ core geographic markets from the US: the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, parts of Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia. Turkish would also be able to feed passengers onto United Airlines as it does at other Star hubs in the US.

Interestingly, India, so often the target of Qatar Airways and Emirates, is less dominant from the Colorado airport than it is from others in the country, including Dallas. That said, the potential total market from Dallas is more than twice the size of Denver, at around 600,000. However, it is shared by more long-haul carriers, including both Emirates and Qatar Airways.

At 6,275 miles, Dallas would be nearly 600 miles shorter than Istanbul-Los Angeles. Image: GCMap.

Turkish serves 10 US airports

This year, Turkish Airlines serves 10 US airports, as detailed below in order of seats. Between them, they have a round-trip seat capacity of 2.34 million, data from OAG indicates, down only marginally on the figure in 2019. While half of them – Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Houston, and Newark – are Star hubs, the others aren’t.

  1. New York JFK
  2. Chicago O’Hare
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Miami
  5. San Francisco
  6. Washington Dulles
  7. Houston Intercontinental
  8. Boston
  9. Atlanta
  10. Newark

Looking at these, it seems pretty inevitable that Dallas and Denver would be next, which raises the question: where may come afterward? Could it be Seattle, Orlando, or Detroit? All have bigger potential markets over Istanbul than Denver, although this says nothing of the money side.

What do you make of Turkish Airlines to Dallas and Denver? Let us know in the comments.

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