Air France have announced the retirement of their entire Airbus A380-800 fleet effective immediately.
Air France has a fleet of 9 Airbus A380s. Photo by Matt Lino | AeroNewsX
The retirement was originally scheduled for 2022. The carrier says it will replace the double decker-aircraft with the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. The move, according to the airline, will allow the fleet to become more “competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint”.
Air France says the withdrawal will cost approximately EUR500 million.
In a press release, Air France said that the withdrawal "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."
The aircraft, which will be removed from service effective immediately total 9 planes. This includes 5 which are owned directly by Air France and 4 which are on operating lease. Air France received its first Airbus A380 in October 2009 and heavily marketed the aircraft's luxury, comfort and more importantly, impressive size.