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Last March we reported that Air France would be retiring its A380s.
And sadly for A380 fans Air France will not be having second thoughts.
Today @AeronewsGlobal reports that Air France will be operating an A380 farewell flight on June 26.
More details to follow.
On June 26, @airfrance will perform a special farewell @Airbus A380 flight over France, with employees onboard, to mark the retirement of its 9 superjumbos. Ben Smith (AF-KLM CEO) & Anne Rigail (AF CEO) should also attend. More details soon. @AirbusPRESS @AFnewsroom @a380fanclub pic.twitter.com/Boj9S2H7k6
— Aeronews (@AeronewsGlobal) June 19, 202019 Jun 2020
It is very sad to see that the Airbus A380 received very little love and respect from the industry. It is an amazing aircraft, very smooth and comfortable.
I know that its true purpose will become obvious in the near future and that it will return to service on point-to-point where huge loads are required.19 Jun 2020
Do not generally fly AF well not recently anyway, however I did fly one time from DXB to CDG on an A380.
I remember on check-in being assigned seat 70L (Seventy) or something, and hesitatingly and quizzingly I reminded the check-in lady that I had a Biz Class ticket, to which she replied that ‘Row 70 is Business Class sir’ — Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Since then have flown on QR’s A380s many, many times – its a comfortable aircraft, but alas economics have caught up with it all too very quickly.
It seems only yesterday that EK were carrying out daily training circuits doing ‘touch and Go’s’ at Al Ain, UAE maybe in 2008, and here we are just 12 years later and its already being retired almost as quickly as the B744 which is a 20 year older previous generation aircraft.
In another 10 years I guess there will be no further ‘4 pot holers’ on pax routes apart from perhaps the later model ones with EK and also BA who tend to use their aircraft until they finally wear out. Also they generally do not put aircraft on the 2nd hand market (not that there is a market for these beasts anyway).24 Jun 2020
Hello alainboy56 – Indeed second-hand A380s haven’t found another home with the exception of Hi-Fly.
It acquired one of SIA’s early A380s which had been retired.
Hi-Fly’s A380 was regularly charted to Norwegian to replace the many flights the latter had to cancel for one reason or another.
It recent times that A380 has been ferrying medical supplies from China to Dominican Republic and Montreal (a few days ago).
AROUND THE WORLD IN FOUR DAYS ✈️🌎💙 #HiFly #A380 #9HMIP with departure and arrival from Beja, Portugal, covered 31047 km in a flight time of 33 hours and 45 minutes, with stops in Tianjin, P.R. China, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
📸 Cpt. Carlos Mirpuri and his Crew pic.twitter.com/ZDQNIMI46V
— Hi Fly (@hifly_airline) May 18, 2020
Air-to-air with @hifly_airline’s @Airbus A380 (9H-MIP) as it departed @yulaeroport on Sunday morning back to Tianjin to bring more medical supplies. Photo: https://t.co/GlT91nEoef ✈️ @AirbusPRESS @a380fanclub @mirpuri_org pic.twitter.com/B4pZgBIsB1
— Aeronews (@AeronewsGlobal) June 14, 202024 Jun 2020
Air France’s final A380 flight is still planned to operate tomorrow (July 26).
It will depart CDG at 1530 local and will circle France for roughly two hours.
The A380 being deployed is only 8.7 years old. Registration: F-HPJH
It’s reported Ben Smith and Anne Rigali will be on board.
There will be no fare paying passengers.
Those onboard will include Air France crew, employees and hand-picked guests.25 Jun 2020
Air France has tweeted a short one minute video detailing its A380 services since the inaugural flight in November 2009.
— Air France (@airfrance) June 26, 202026 Jun 2020