Emirates has retired its first two Airbus A380s, as part of its A380 retirement plan.
The aircraft have been ferried to Dubai World Central(DWC) airport, where they will be used as a source of parts for other aircraft.
The airline, which took delivery of its first A380 in 2008, grow rapidly and became the largest A380 operator in the world.
As Airbus decided to Axe the A380 programme by 2021, Emirates cut its orders for the type from 162 to 123.
“You will start seeing A380s coming out of our fleet for various reasons, and we’ve always said this,” says Tim Clark, the Emirates Airline president.
“We are in the process of retiring A380s…. Two have been deactivated. They are under retirement because we’ve got a major overhaul coming up and it’s best to take the old aircraft out – they’re all written down – and take the gear off them rather than buy a $25 million main landing gear. I need two, possibly three, to meet that ..requirement.”