Air France retires Airbus A380 in coronavirus response

Airbus last year announced plans to stop producing A380s in 2021 due to poor sales

Airbus last year announced plans to stop producing A380s in 2021 due to poor sales

Initially scheduled by the end of 2022, the phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet 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.

In what appears to be a growing list of "aircraft we're unlikely to see in the sky after Coronavirus" the A380 is seemingly cementing its place as Air France (AF/AFR) becomes the latest airline to retire its fleet of Super Jumbos.

Air France has announced it will immediately retire its Airbus A380 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Bloomberg earlier reported Emirates hoped to cancel five.

An Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters the airline was in "regular dialog with Airbus regarding our fleet requirements", but said it did not comment on commercial discussions.

With planes grounded and air-travel nearly at a standstill, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the demise of the world's largest commercial jetliner. The airline already has four Airbus A350-900 aircraft and nine Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and it also has an additional 34 A350s on order, which will likely help replace the A380.

Emirates is the biggest A380 operator with 115 and has said it expects to keep some into the 2030s.

Before the pandemic, the French airline meant to keep seven A380s in operation until 2022 after removing one of the planes in early 2020 and planning to retire two other units.

One said Emirates was focused on reducing the number of leased A380s first.

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