The A380 is beginning to disappear from our skies after a relatively short life, its prospects damaged by changing demands from the world’s carriers and further hurt by the pandemic. Photo: Etihad Airways
The A380 is beginning to disappear from our skies after a relatively short life, its prospects damaged by changing demands from the world’s carriers and further hurt by the pandemic. Photo: Etihad Airways

Is this the end for Etihad’s Airbus A380 and its luxe The Residence suite? Akbar Al Baker’s Qatar Airways are also retiring it, while Emirates retains the world’s largest fleet

  • A mini flying apartment, The Residence features Savoy Hotel-trained butlers, chefs and private showers, often costing US$20,000 a trip
  • But travel blogger Sam Huang paid only 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles and US$108 for a flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney in 2016

The A380 is beginning to disappear from our skies after a relatively short life, its prospects damaged by changing demands from the world’s carriers and further hurt by the pandemic. Photo: Etihad Airways
The A380 is beginning to disappear from our skies after a relatively short life, its prospects damaged by changing demands from the world’s carriers and further hurt by the pandemic. Photo: Etihad Airways
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