The super jumbo is not having a good time with Europe’s national airlines.
A380 fans were disappointed to learn that Air France would be retiring its entire fleet.
Now comes news from Bloomberg that Lufthansa’s remaining A380s are not expected to operate again for two more years such is the travel downturn caused by Covid-19.
As Business Traveller reported in 2019, Lufthansa had decided to retire almost half its A380 fleet.
Lufthansa’s remaining A380s (assuming they do return to service) would in future be based at Munich rather than Frankfurt (Lufthansa’s original A380 base).
Today it’s reported that Air France will be operating a farewell A380 flight on June 26.
It is expected that this special flight will be for the benefit of Air France employees.
So that leaves British Airways as the sole European national carrier showing faith in its A380s.
Almost all BA’s A380s are currently in storage at Marcel Dassault airport in Central France. At the time of writing it is not known when they will return to service.
— Aéroport Marcel Dassault – Châteauroux (@AirChateauroux) April 6, 2020