Air France has announced it will retire its remaining Airbus A380s early.
Originally scheduled to retire in 2022, Air France will now end operations with its 9 remaining Airbus A380 aircraft.
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.
Air France’s Airbus A380 will be replaced by new generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, which are still being delivered.
Unfortunately, Air France’s A380s were truly short lived. The oldest is currently 11.3 years while the youngest is 6.3 years of age.
Air France will operate its final A380 flight on June 26, 2020, carrying only select staff around France.
This means Air France’s A380s lasted shorter than the Concorde.
This may be a sign of what’s to come with other airlines hinting at A380 retirements.
6/26/20: Air France operates one final passenger A380 flight.