While the initial reaction from most carriers about the new rules for the A380 in India was muted, airlines seem to be now coming out of the hiding to make a commitment to the Indian market, or so it seems.
While Singapore Airlines seems to have a low-hanging fruit because of their recently concluded bilateral negotiations with India, it now seems that Lufthansa has also made up their mind to introduce the A380 in India within the year. Christopher Franz, the CEO of Lufthansa, made this statement earlier this week to Reuters:
We are interested to use the A380 also for the major Indian markets
The press also notes that Lufthansa planned to use the jet in India but the launch would be later in the year, since its fleet of 10 A380s is already committed by current schedules. Franz said, “We will likely make it for the winter flight schedule of 2014-2015”.