Air France decided to abandon the further operation of all the giant airliners Airbus A380 due to the crisis in the air transportation market associated with the spread of COVID-19.
Now in the airline’s fleet, there are nine such airliners. Air France owns five of them and four more are taken under operating leases.
The airline began the gradual withdrawal of the A380 from the fleet in 2019 and planned to complete this process by the end of 2022. One plane has already been dismantled for parts.
Air France expects that such a decision will have a negative financial effect of € 500 million and will be reflected in the statements for the second quarter of 2020 as non-current expenses.
The A380 will be replaced by the new airliners A350 and Boeing 787, which the French airline ordered earlier and expects to receive in the future.
Air France became the third airline in Europe, which announced the early termination of the operation of double-deck airliners after the onset of the crisis in the market.
KLM announced the withdrawal of the Boeing 747 from the fleet ahead of schedule. Lufthansa intends to abandon the operation of six of the 14 A380s. The air carriers made these decisions due to a drop in market demand.
Double-deck aircraft is equipped with four engines and has one of the largest capacities on the market. Moreover, in terms of the transportation of one passenger, they lose to the new generation wide-body 2-engine airliners.
Because of this, the head of Emirates, which is the largest operator of the A380 in the world, Tim Clark said that the era of these aircraft has ended.