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DOHA, QATAR - Qatar Airways is temporarily parking its ten Airbus A380-800s after the Dubai-based rival Emirates relaunched commercial flights with the type.

Qatar Airways said the airline has taken the decision to ground its A380 because the aircraft is commercially or environmentally feasible to operate in the current market.

The airline also said that its research had shown that the A380s emit around 80% more carbon dioxide per block hour in comparison to its A350-900s and A350-1000s, increasing to 95% on some routes.

"Until passenger demand recovers to appropriate levels, Qatar Airways will continue to keep its A380 aircraft grounded, ensuring it only operates commercially and environmentally responsible aircraft," 

the company said in a recent press release.

Qatar Airways operates 34 A350-900s and 15 A350-1000s. The airline's widebody passenger fleet also entails 30 Boeing 787-8s, seven Boeing 787-9s, nine Boeing 777-200(LR)s, 48 Boeing 777-300(ER)s, six Airbus A330-200s, and 12 Airbus A330-300s.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways has said it would follow up with its earlier complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in which it pleaded with the body to help force the end of the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.

While ICAO had already ruled the blockade was in violation of the Chicago Convention and the International Air Services Transit Agreement (IASTA) in June 2018, the blockading countries subsequently challenged ICAO's jurisdiction in the International Court of Justice.
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