full flaps at the gate?

Hi there, i was on FIMP tarmac the other day and saw an Air Mauritius A340 stop at the gate ( coming from Antananarivo). As I walked around the aircraft, i noticed that it had its flaps fully extended. Ten minutes later, the flaps had not yet been retracted, whereas passengers had all gone off and the cargo was being removed.
Is there a particular reason why a pilot would leave the flaps like this at the gate?

Well in the USAF if an aircraft is parked like that it means they plan to wash it at the parking spot on the ramp, well Air Force it’s called the flight line or ramp in the civilian world

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Thanks for that. They might have planned to move it to a washing ramp when empty, then. Interesting.

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