After 15 years after the first flight operated by Airbus A380, we have the superjumbo ending
On April 27, 2005, the only 2-story aircraft would take off from the ground for the first time. Airbus A380 paving the way for new performance in the aviation industry.
The “Superjumbo”, registered F-WWOW and powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, took off at 10:29 local time (8:29 GMT) and landed after 3 hours and 54 minutes at 14:23 local time (12 : 23 GMT). The cockpit pilots were Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President Flight Division, and Jacques Rosay, Chief Test Pilot and Vice President.
15 years later, most of the global Airbus A380 aircraft fleet is on the ground, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air France detained the entire fleet of A380 aircraft on the ground, which were preserved in Tarbes and Teruel. Singapore Airlines sent 4 A380s to Australia. British Airways has sent the entire A380 fleet to conservation in France. Lufthansa and Qantas all have A380 aircraft on the ground.
But more than that, more and more airlines have decided to give up the Airbus A380. 4-engine airplanes lost the battle to 2-engine aircraft, which are more efficient and comfortable.
Singapore Airlines withdrew two A380s. One has already been married. Lufthansa is already planning to sell the 6 x A380 to Airbus, by 2022. Air France has begun the process of withdrawing Airbus A380 aircraft from its fleet by 2022. Including Airbus has announced the closure of the A380 program in 2021.
We remind you that the parts of the last A380 arrived in Toulouse. It will enter the final assembly phase. Airbus has promised to provide maintenance and spare parts to all companies with A380s in their fleets, as long as they are in operational service.