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A former Air France A380 being dismantled in Ireland, following its early retirement.
The aircraft Reg F-HPJB, flew to Ireland on Feb 20th 2020, after it had been to Malta to had the Air France branding removed.
Air France is the first Airline to retire its entire fleet of Airbus A380 and some are retired prematurely.
This aircraft reg F-HPJB first joined Air France’s fleet in June 2009. The aircraft last flew from Dresden, Germany, to Knock, Ireland on 20 Feb 2020.
Air France returned this aircraft to its owner Dr Peters on 1 January this year.
Three more retired Air France A380s are due to be ferried to the Ireland for long term storage.
Airlines have been officially retired more than dozen A380s and were in long-term storage.
The very first Airbus A380 powered by Alliance GP7200 engines entered service with Singapore Airlines on 5 October 2007.
Production peaked at 30 per year in 2012 and 2014. But on 14 February 2019, after Emirates reduced its last orders in favour of the A350 and the A330neo, Airbus announced that A380 production would end by 2021.[
One reason that the A380 did not achieve commercial viability for Airbus has been attributed to its extremely large capacity being optimised for a hub-and-spoke system, which was projected by Airbus to be thriving when the programme was conceived.
However, airlines underwent a fundamental transition to a point-to-point system, which gets customers to their destination in one flight instead of two or three.
So far A380s have flown over 500,000 revenue flights carrying over 190 million passengers.
However, all good things must come to an end one day …