Global Airline Capacity Above 30 Million

Global airline capacity has grown for the second week in a row, with scheduled weekly seats back above the 30 million mark. The largest growth this week was in South Asia, where capacity is up more than 120 percent week over week with 1.7 million seats added. That increase largely comes from India's domestic market, though there also was some recovery in Pakistan and Bangladesh, OAG reported. Chinese capacity, meanwhile, was down slightly week over week, but the decline was "certainly nothing significant" as it compares with a public holiday last week, according to OAG analyst John Grant. Global capacity remains 73 percent lower than the same time last year, a deficit of about 83 million seats. Grant noted that week-over-week growth next week likely will be slower but that carriers are planning "significant capacity increases" in June, particularly as lockdowns and quarantine requirements in Europe ease.

Meanwhile, Air France no longer will fly Airbus A380 aircraft, the carrier announced on Wednesday. The carrier already had planned to phase out the aircraft type, the world's largest passenger aircraft, by 2022, but the Covid-19 crisis sped up the process. Air France currently owns five A380 aircraft and leases four more, and it will replace the aircraft with Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft. The carrier is the first operator of the aircraft type to fully retire it, and Airbus is phasing out its production.

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