Air France phases out its entire fleet of A380 aircraft

The end of an era. Air France has announced the retirement of its Airbus A380 aircraft from its fleet with immediate effect. The airline was originally planning to phase-out the super jumbo in 2022.

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The French carrier grounded its A380 fleet in March as a response to the drop in air travel demand and travel bans brought by the coronavirus crisis. Today, Air France - KLM has announced the end of its A380 operations.

In a report from FlightGlobal, Air France said, ”Initially scheduled by the end of 2022, the phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet fits in the Air France-KLM Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint."

As early as February of this year, Air France had slowly began withdrawing its first A380 jets from service as part of phase-out over the next three years.

The Air France-KLM group said that the A380 phaseout is estimated at €500 million and will be booked in the second quarter of 2020 as a non-current expenses. Five of the A380s are on financial least while the four other are on operating lease.

Air France - KLM will replace the A380s with 10 A350-900s which was announced in December.

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