There are 194 Airbus 380 superjumbos flying around the world with more than a dozen airlines.
Currently, none of those jets fly for an airline from the United States.
But that may soon change.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Christopher Jasper, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said his airline is seriously considering the Airbus A380 double-decker jet as a possible addition to the company’s fleet.
According to Bloomberg, Hawaiian is considering adding the superjumbo for routes from Honolulu to cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. Hawaiian currently services these cities with its fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 767 wide-body jets.
However, Dunkerley added that his airline is still not fully convinced by the A380’s business case.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have all declined to take on the massive airliner.
The Airbus A380 – which carries a list price of $432.6 million, brand new – is the most expensive airliner in the world. However, with the first batch of secondhand A380s coming into the market over the next year or so, there will likely be tremendous opportunities for airlines to scoop up these planes for pennies on the dollar.
Last week, Singapore Airlines announced it would not extend the lease for the first of its A380s, while the struggling Malaysia Airlines has been trying to dump its fleet of superjumbos for some time.
Airbus has found it difficult in recent years to find new buyers for the jet. In January, the European aviation giant ended a yearslong sales drought for the jet when Japan’s All Nippon Airways purchased three A380s. In addition, Iran Air has agreed to take on 12 of the planes as part of a massive $25 billion, 118-aircraft order.
So far, Airbus has 319 orders for the double-decker jet – 140 of which have come from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines.