Air France to operate A380 farewell flight

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  • AMcWhirter

    Last March we reported that Air France would be retiring its A380s.

    Air France to retire its entire A380 fleet

    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.


    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.

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    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).


    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).


    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.


    Air France has tweeted a short one minute video detailing its A380 services since the inaugural flight in November 2009.


    It should be trackable on FlightRadar24

    Looks a bit odd, seemingly arriving before it left. Avec Air France, tout est possible!

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