22 FEBRUARY 2016
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Air France has introduced the first A380 operations to Central and South America with a daily service from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport to Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) in Mexico City. This also marks the 50th airport and 102nd route to be served by the mega Jumbo in service with 13 airlines.
More airports will be added during 2016 with Emirates adding Birmingham (UK), Prague (Czech Republic) and Taipei (Taiwan). BA will fly from Heathrow to Vancouver (Canada). Korean is A380 at Heathrow from 27 March.
Malaysia Airlines has delayed plans to sell some of its Airbus A380s and will now keep all six of them at least until 2018.
The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier has tried unsuccessfully to sell the planes for the last year to cut costs as part of a restructuring plan which also saw it withdraw from several long-haul European routes.
CEO Christoph Mueller said ahead of the Singapore Airshow (see ON TOUR): “We need them for the long-haul market," he said of the A380, which the airline flies only to London. "We are still evaluating what we want to do with the A380. We have six and we will keep them at least until 2018, when we get the first A350," he added. www.airbus.com
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