Réunion (Indian Ocean) based airline, Air Austral, has announced that it will not take the delivery of its all-economy class Airbus A380 aircraft as the aircraft threatened to cannibalize its existing network and “threaten the existence” of the airline, according to the Apex Aero Blog.
Air Austal ordered two all-economy class 840-seat Airbus A380s in 2009. The seating capacity was near the theoretical 853-seat maximum passenger capacity of the aircraft.
The airline has significantly reduced its fleet in the recent years and now owns just four wide-body aircraft.
The airline’s CEO, Marie-Joseph Malé, said that it was considering other options for its future A380s including a mix of premium economy and business class seating.
Would you want to be one of 839 other passengers on an airplane for a long-haul – or even short duration – flight?