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Air France’s fleet of Airbus A380s this week became the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic after the airline confirmed that its remaining nine aircraft would not be returning to service.

The SkyTeam alliance member originally planned to phase out the superjumbo by 2022, but the date has been brought forward in light of the current crisis facing the aviation industry.

Five of the A380s are owned by Air France or on finance lease, while four are on operating lease. All nine are currently in storage and will not return to scheduled service once coronavirus-related travel restrictions are lifted.

“In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the Air France-KLM group announces today the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations,” a statement said.

The Air France-KLM Group expects the overall impact of the phase-out to amount to a writedown of €500 million ($550 million) and will be booked in the second quarter of 2020 as a non-current cost/expenses.

Air France said its A380s would be replaced by A350s and Boeing 787s as part of a strategy to make its fleet more competitive and reduce its environmental footprint.

The carrier took delivery of its first A380 in 2009 and later added a further nine. However, the first to leave its fleet made its final flight in February this year, landing at Knock (NOC) in Ireland to be disassembled and turned into spare parts.

According to analysis of data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser, Air France offered 2.67 million A380 seats in 2019, accounting for 4.5% of its total available capacity.

 

 

Air France flight AF380 carries a special meaning. On June 26, 2020, the airlines’ final A380 takes off for one last journey, marking the end of a brief era when Airbus superjumbos soared the skies for the French flag carrier. 

Airbus A380, registration number F-HPJH, is taking off from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 15:30 local time (13:30 UTC). The flight, sentimentally registered as AF380, is the airline’s last farewell to the iconic aircraft, which is being retired from the fleet. 
 

The legendary #A380 bids a final farewell and makes its last #AirFrance flight today, Friday 26 june. 🛬Bye-bye big bird! #AF380 pic.twitter.com/LNkkqX3htU

— Air France (@airfrance) June 26, 2020

 

 

 

In the context of the current #COVID19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the #AirFranceKLM Group announces the definitive end of #AirFrance Airbus #A380 operations, initially scheduled by the end of 2022.
More details 👉 https://t.co/wL4EsUNPpY pic.twitter.com/ZY0YWR8nD3

— Air France-KLM Group (@AirFranceKLM) May 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

And that's the final Air France A380 flight route -

 

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