Didn’t COVID-19 kill the jumbo jet? Not so fast.
With the end of COVID and the return of mass tourism, mothballed Airbus A380s are starting to make an improbable comeback.
At the height of the pandemic, just one of over 200 Airbus A380 aircraft was said to be in service. The rest were grounded, dispatched to aviation boneyards like Mojave, or scrapped. The era of the jumbo giant was apparently over.
Air travel dropped more than 60% during the first year of COVID. In the first months of the lockdowns imposed by the world’s major cities, flights dropped by as much as 96%. (Some claimed
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