Emirates Airline said it will not bring back the Airbus A380 on its Dallas/Fort Worth to Dubai route in September as it had originally planned.
Instead, the Persian Gulf carrier will continue to use a Boeing 777-300ER on the route. Emirates made the switch from an A380 to the Boeing 777 in February.
“This decision was made as part of our routine operational review, to ensure that our capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand across our global network,” the company said in a statement. “We remain committed to Dallas-Fort Worth and will continue to serve our customers on this route with 7 weekly flights.”
Emirates first used the double-decker A380 which carries 489 passengers on the route in October 2014 but the airline faced stiff competition from Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways who both offer direct flights from DFW to the Middle East. In some months, the Emirates A380 was leaving DFW only half full of passengers.
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Currently, DFW Airport has only one A380, flown by Qantas Airways on its route to Sydney, that regularly arrives at the airport.