Emirates considers cutting 30% of its staff and 40% of its Airbus A380 fleet

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Emirates Airline is said to be drawing up plans to permanently decommission 40 per cent of its Airbus A380 fleet. A final decision is likely to be officially announced within days, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

On 25 March, Emirates Airline – by far the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 superjumbo – grounded its entire 115-strong fleet of double-deck planes .

A total of 46 A380s has allegedly been earmarked to be permanently retired and may never fly passengers ever again. The decision comes less than two weeks after Tim Clark, CEO of the airline, declared that “the A380 is over”.

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