As we all know, A380s around the world have been grounded. While we’ve seen a few A380s take short flights for maintenance or fly to storage locations, there haven’t been any passenger A380 flights for quite some time. With one exception…
China Southern Airlines, which operates five A380s ranging from seven to nine years old, has been operating frequent A380 flights from its base in Guangzhou (CAN) to Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Below is an example from Flight Radar, that shows B-6140 making trips to LAX, LHR, and SYD over the past two weeks.
China Southern has also been operating frequent flights to Vancouver and Amsterdam, and has made single flight to Toronto flying over the past two weeks.
Not surprisingly, these flights are not crowded at all. China Southern’s July 4th flight from CAN to LAX shows only:
- 5 business class passengers
- 17 economy class passengers
The airline also does not appear to be operating a first class cabin at all; the entire first class cabin is blocked on seat maps and no first class tickets are being sold.
With that said, the return flight from LAX to CAN is relatively full. About half of economy and business class seats appear as occupied, and the airline doesn’t list any seats available for sale.