Emirates grounds A380s and 777s due to slowing demand

The airline said fleet deployment and operating schedules are regularly reviewed to make sure they are in line with seasonal travel patterns.
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Emirates Airlines has put six A380s and 14 777 aircraft into storage for the month of May on slowing demand and an ongoing shortage of flight crews, according to ATW.

In response to a request for comment, the airline said that “some aircraft units [are] on the ground over slower periods, which is common industry practice.”

The airline said fleet deployment and operating schedules are regularly reviewed to make sure they are in line with seasonal travel patterns and to ensure optimal utilisation across its network.

Emirates Airline is also reportedly 100-150 people down on where it needs to be in terms of flight crew numbers, according to a source.

Emirates president Tim Clark has previously said that flight crew shortages are a “short term” problem, and that it expects to have restored pilot numbers by September or October this year.

“We’ve always been aware of the ebb and flow of pilot supply,” he told ATW. “That’s why we opened our flight training school last year, so we can control our own supply of pilots instead of being at the mercy of the marketplace.”

Emirates currently has 170 cadets in training.

Clark said Chinese carriers are “offering extremely competitive [salary] packages, if you want to live in Shanghai or Beijing” and that was attracting a certain number of flight crew.

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