Goodbye A6-EDB (Oct 27, '08 - Oct 27, '20)
Emirates Airlines, as we know it today, is one of the largest, world-leading airlines, with first-class service, they have over the years in operation made themselves a staple among customer and in the aviation industry as a whole, being a customer themselves of a very particular kind of aircraft.
The Airbus A380 is one of the most ambitious plans ever made possible within the aviation and is known to many an engineering marvel. As to some it may seem overwhelming having a quad-engine powered double-decker, Emirates on the other than took a likin to the aircraft is today the largest operator of the type, but, the A380 came with challenges, and challenges it has faced as well. As the industry moves forward, away from regulations and times where you cannot fly twin-engine aircraft over the oceans, away from tri-jets and quad-engine configurations that cost more maintenance and fuel, to today’s more modern, and lightweight twin-engine competitors.
As the aviation industry pushes forward to the modern world, Emirates has thereby, on October 27th, 2020, officially retired its first Airbus A380-800, being the 2nd to ever have joined the Emirates fleet back in October of 2008, and the 13th ever manufactured by Airbus. Its marks, on the day, exact, 12 years, since the A380, registered A6-EDB, first came into service with Emirates, only to 12 years later, be retired, and be the first one to do so. And as for its final flight from Dubai to Tarbes, the aircraft was painted in complete white, with the callsign, EK2698.
Airbus A380 Retiring Around The World!
Emirates isn’t the first airline to retire the Airbus A380. Over the past decade, only being in service for a short time, both Singapore Airlines and Air France were rather, unusually quickly to retire their first few A380’s as it didn’t serve in any economical way for the airlines to keep the Super Jumbo, and a few years following, Lufthansa made clear they too will be retiring theirs after having them grounded due to the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic, although AF and SQ had already taken farewell, long before the Pandemic came about, signalling the end of a short-lived era for the Airbus A380.