Qatar Airways A380 back in the skies; flies from old Doha airport to new airport

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 has taken to the skies again after being grounded during the Covid-19 pandemic, as air travel recovers all over the world from the impact of the pandemic.
The first A380, under flight number QR3254, carried out a 25-minute positioning flight from the old Doha International Airport (DIA) to the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha. The aircraft, registered A7-APG, took off at 0826 UTC on 2 November, 2021.
“Our first A380 is officially back in the skies as we continue to grow the airline network and meet strong air travel demand,” Qatar Airways said on social media.
The airline will be starting services with the A380 to London and Paris from 15 December, 2021.
Several airlines, including British Airways and Singapore Airlines, are bringing some of their A380s back into service, as they resume long-haul flying thanks to easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
“Along with citing increased travel demand, Qatar Airways is bringing some of its 10 A380s back because it needs to make up for lost A350 capacity. The airline’s A350 fleet is currently grounded over issues with the paint on the surface of the fuselage,” aerotime.aero said in a report.
Qatar Airways grounded its A380 fleet back in March 2020.

 

Source: Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar