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How To Fly On An Airbus A380 In 2024

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Summary

  • Ten airlines still use A380s for passenger operations, with Emirates being the largest operator with 92 aircraft.
  • British Airways serves the most destinations in the United States with their A380s, offering flights to seven cities including Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
  • Other airlines that fly the A380 to the United States include Emirates, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Asiana, Qantas, and All Nippon Airways, although their routes are not as extensive as British Airways.


Going into the new year, travelers to and from the United States might be tempted to try the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380. This four-engined behemoth has been a fixture of the commercial aviation industry throughout the past decade. However, the widebody was taken out of service or retired by many during the pandemic, which left many doubting it had a future.

Nonetheless, a surge in long-haul international tourism has seen airlines return their superjumbos in droves. Here’s your guide on where you can fly the A380 from the United States in 2024.


Ten passenger airlines have 149 A380s

Malaysian Airlines’ A380s remain stored in Southern France while China Southern officially retired the aircraft in September of this year. Air France’s A380 fleet is no more, while Thai Airways have put their A380 fleet up for auction. Thus, only ten airlines still use passenger-configured A380s in airline operations. According to ch-aviation:

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) has three
  • Asiana has six
  • British Airways has 10
  • Emirates has 92
  • Etihad Airways has four
  • Korean Air has five
  • Lufthansa has four
  • Qatar Airways has seven
  • Qantas has eight
  • Singapore Airlines has 10

However, when it comes to US operations, only seven airlines fly the A380 to destinations in the country. Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways have not scheduled their A380s on flights to the United States – at least at the time of publication.

Best option: British Airways

Albeit the United Kingdom flag carrier is not the largest operator of the A380, they serve the most destinations in the United States, flying to seven cities.

According to data from British Airways, A380s will be used to connect seven destinations in the United States with its hub at London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) in 2024. The A380 routes are:

  • Miami (MIA) (up to 2x daily!)
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX) 1x daily
  • San Francisco International (SFO) 1x daily
  • Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Boston Logan (BOS)

Photo: Markus Mainka | Shutterstock

However, only Los Angeles and San Francisco have year-round A380 flights, as the other destinations are seasonal. Flights to Dallas, Washington, Boston, and Chicago are only operated by an A380 during the busy summer season. British Airways only utilizes A380s on flights to Miami during the busy winter season.

Emirates

The Dubai flag carrier is the largest operator of the Airbus A380, with 92 examples currently flying. It will operate the second most A380 flights to the US in 2024. Next year, Emirates will serve five destinations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). All five destinations will originate in Dubai, while only one will stop in Milan en route. Since 2013, Emirates has operated a daily fifth-freedom flight between Milan and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Here’s where Emirates flies their A380s in the United States:

  • New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK) 2x daily: 1x daily from Dubai and 1x daily from Milan
  • Los Angeles International (LAX) 1x daily
  • San Francisco International (SFO) 1x daily
  • Washington Dulles International (IAD)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) 1x daily

Emirates Airbus A380 landing at Sydney Airport SYD

All destinations except for Washington are served all year on the A380, with Emirates only using the A380 for flights to Washington during the summer.

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Lufthansa

After an almost three-year hiatus, Lufthansa brought back its A380s last summer. The German carrier will serve four destinations in the United States from its Munich Airport (MUC) hub next year. Here’s the list:

  • Los Angeles International (LAX) 1x daily
  • New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
  • Washington Dulles International (IAD)
  • Boston Logan International (BOS)

Los Angeles is the only destination to receive a Lufthansa A380 year-round; the rest are seasonal services. On March 31, 2024, the carrier will utilize the A380 on flights between Munich, Boston, and New York-JFK. On June 1, 2024, they will begin operating an A380 to Washington Dulles during the busy summer season.

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South Korean operators: Korean Air & Asiana

Korean Air is another airline operating the A380 to the United States, flying to just two destinations in 2024:

  • Los Angeles International (LAX) 1x daily
  • New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK) 1x daily

Korean Air Airbus A380 Taxiing

Meanwhile, Asiana will serve one destination in the United States in 2024: Los Angeles International.

Qantas

With Australia seeing a massive resurgence of travel demand, Qantas has reactivated its A380 fleet. The Australian carrier will serve one destination in the United States served out of both Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) and Melbourne International Airport (MEL).

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will see one daily service from Sydney and another daily service from Melbourne

Qantas A380 taxiing at Sydney Airport

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Japan’s largest airline, ANA, is an anomaly out of all A380 operators. From its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT), the airline serves just one leisure-focused route twice daily: Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL).

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So will you be flying the A280 in 2024? Have you flown the type in the past? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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