• First A380s being scrapped

    From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Mon May 6 16:55:28 2019
    The dismantling of the two former Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s is progressing steadily. The engines, the verticql stabilizers and some cargo hatches have already been removed from the aircraft.

    The A380s are the first two Superjumbo's to be demolished. The aircraft flew for Singapore Airlines for ten years, but after the lease term expired, the German leasing company can't find a new customer for them.

    All valuable parts are now salvaged from the A380s by aircraft dismantler Aerosave in Tarbes, France, and then resold. The company expects that a total of around 92 percent of the weight can be reused.

    Of the total of five Airbus A380s that Singapore Airlines replaced with newer ones, only one has so far found a new user: charter company HiFly. Two others are still waiting and are stored.

    The five aircraft were among the first A380s that Airbus has built, and are therefore slightly heavier than later ones, but the effort to find new users does raise the question of how robust the second-hand market is.

    Over the next five years, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways and Emirates, among others, will be saying goodbye to (part of) their A380 fleet and dozens of Superjumbo's will be offered for sale. So far, only British Airways has shown clear interest.

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    * Origin: AVIATION ECHO HQ (2:292/854)