When anyone mentions the A380, you think of Emirates.
This isn’t surprising, of course. Emirates is by far the bigger user of the aircraft and built its entire business model around the double decker, ferrying passengers around the world in bulk via its Dubai hub.
Intriguingly, however, British Airways has quietly crept up the rankings to become the 2nd biggest operator of the A380 despite having just 12 of them.
Cirium published some interesting operational details on the A380 this week which I thought were worth sharing.
As you would expect, given the number of airlines that retired their A380 fleets during the pandemic, A380 flights in total have dropped sharply. There are scheduled to be 5,271 A380 flights this month, compared with 9,764 in November 2019.
The numbers are heading up, as airlines bring their A380 fleets back into action. Flights are up 125% in November 2022 vs November 2021. The low point was June 2020 when, amazingly, only 43 A380 flights took place globally.
Who are the biggest A380 operators?
Only nine airlines have operated any A380 services this year.
Emirates, of course, rules the roost with 70% of all A380 flights.
British Airways comes in 2nd, with 450 A380 services due this month.
Behind BA come arguably more high profile A380 operators – Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Qantas.
If you want to fly an A380, your options are continually shrinking. This month only 45 airports will see an A380 depart, compared with 62 in November 2019.
Outside of the hubs of the biggest operators (Heathrow, Singapore, Doha, Dubai) the airport with the most A380 services is Bangkok. This is despite Thai Airways parking up its own fleet of six A380 aircraft.
The busiest A380 route in the world is London Heathrow to Dubai, with both Emirates and – on some flights – British Airways using the aircraft.
This article from Simple Flying is worth a look if you want to find out more about what it takes to get a grounded A380 back in the sky. Qantas claims that it requires 4,500 hours of work.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.