Air France immediately phases out entire Airbus A380 fleet


Air France will immediately phase out its entire Airbus A380 fleet: “in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, we announce the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations,” the airline wrote in a statement.

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.

Five of the Airbus A380 aircraft in the current fleet are owned by Air France or on finance lease, while four are on operating lease. The global impact of the Airbus A380 phase-out write down is estimated at 500 million euros and will be booked in the second quarter of 2020 as a non-current cost/expenses.

Airbus A380 will be replaced by new generation aircraft, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, whose deliveries are ongoing.


  1. […] With these COVID times, we are all having to cope with tough conditions. Stay safe. Aviation is also suffering from these hectic times. Earlier in May 2020, we got the news : “Air France has accelerated plans to phase out its Airbus A380 fleet and will retire the aircraft immediately rather than in 2022 as previously scheduled. Air France grounded its A380s on 16 March as the coronavirus pandemic began to take a toll on operations…” (Source Flight Global “Air France terminates A380 fleet with immediate effect”.) We published at the time (May 20th) a blog post on that topic : “Air France immediately phases out entire Airbus A380 fleet”. […]


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