Big bird: Virus prompts Air France-KLM to ditch A380s

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 24, 2020

"The phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet fits in the Air France-KLM Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint", the company said in a statement.

On May 20, 2020, French National Airline Air France (AF / AFR) made the decision to completely phase out its Airbus A380-800 fleet due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts on the airline.

In what appears to be a growing list of "aircraft we're unlikely to see in the sky after Coronavirus" the A380 is seemingly cementing its place as Air France (AF/AFR) becomes the latest airline to retire its fleet of Super Jumbos.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner that was introduced in 2007 in conjunction with launch customer Singapore Airlines.

Airbus has nine A380s left to produce including eight for Emirates and one for Japan's ANA.

A spokesperson for Emirates only said that the airline remains "in regular dialog with Airbus". Most of the fleet has been grounded since March and April, as lack of passenger demand for air travel has meant that it has not been economical to operate the type.

Halting Emirates deliveries could be painful for both sides, with the airline foregoing deposits and Airbus left with parts already ordered and no significant market to dispose of them.

The airline had previously said it expected to keep flying the jet into the 2030s.

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