Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet

Air France has announced that it will permanently retire all of its remaining Airbus A380 superjumbos from service.


Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet
Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet Photo: Getty

The French flag carrier had already planned to retire these aircraft on 2022 before the outbreak of the current corona virus pandemic. Eventually, the carrier announced to retire them in response to the coronavirus crisis.


In a press release the French carrier said:

"The Air France-KLM Group announces today the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations."


Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet
Air France has nine A380s currently stored Photo: Air France


Along with the announcement of end of Air France A380 operations, the Air France-KLM also announced a 500 million euro ($545 million) writedown to reflect the early retirement of the jumbos.

The airline also stated that this expense will be booked in the second quarter of 2020 as a non-current cost/expense.


Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet
Air France operated a total of ten A380s. Photo: Getty


Air France operated ten Airbus A380s at its peak time. However, the carrier had already retired one of its A380s, which made a final journey to Knock in Ireland.

After this retirement of first A380 earlier this year, this left the French carrier with nine A380s at the beginning of the corona virus crisis.


Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet
Four of the A380s are on lease Photo: Air France


Two different ownership types are involved with Air France's Airbus A380s fleet. Five of the A380s are owned by Air France or on finance lease, while remaining four are on operating lease, owned by Dr. Peters Group.

These superjumbos will be replace by newer, more fuel-efficient and cost-saving aircraft including Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, whose deliveries are ongoing.


Breaking: Air France To Retire Its Entire Airbus A380 Fleet
The A380s will be replaced by the A350s and B787s. Photo: Getty


Recently. Lufthansa also announced the retirement of six of its Airbus A380s immediately citing current conditions of the corona virus crisis. 

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