Green light for A380 ops in India

Maiden flight of first Qatar Airways A380 from Toulouse, Sept. 9 (Image P. Pigeyre / EM company © Airbus)
An Airbus A380 seen during a test flight from the Toulouse factory. (Image P. Pigeyre / EM company © Airbus)

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved operations of the Airbus A380 in India, it is reported on Monday 27 January. The type was previously banned from India as a protectionary measure to domestic airlines.

“This is good news for Indian airports and the Indian flying public. The A380 is the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft in service with the lowest operating costs per seat and the highest revenue generating potential which benefits the airlines and the travelling public. For the Indian flying public, the A380 offers the world’s most comfortable flying experience,” said Dr. Kiran Rao, Airbus EVP Strategy and Marketing.

A booming economy, a growing middle classe, migration, urbanisation and tourism are all factors pushing India to become one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets.  Larger aircraft like the A380 combined with higher load factors make the most efficient use of limited airport slots and contribute to rising passenger numbers without additional flights to capture this growth.

So far, over 120 A380s have been delivered to 10 of the world’s leading airlines. Over 50 million passengers have enjoyed the A380 flying experience and the fleet has accumulated some 150,000 flights and over 1.2 million flight hours. The A380 has visited nearly 160 airports of all sizes and in all continents of the world.

Source: Airbus