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Airways Magazine: The beginning of the end - first two A380s scrapped

Airways Magazine: The beginning of the end - first two A380s scrapped

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Old May 8, 19, 4:40 pm
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Airways Magazine: The beginning of the end - first two A380s scrapped

At the young age of 12, the first two Airbus A380s have been scrapped at Tarles, France, after being returned to their lessor at the end of lease by Singapore Airkines and stored temporarily. It had been hoped these aurcraft would find new owners in the secondary market, but as they did not they are being parted out and prepared for final scrapping. Empty engine cowls...

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Very sad, though I don't know what an airkine is.

Hard to believe that these wouldn't be useful as cargo planes.
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Very sad, though I don't know what an airkine is.

Hard to believe that these wouldn't be useful as cargo planes.
Da airline kine. 😉

Most airliners have to go through heavy conversion to serve as freighters, and I think the problem with the A380 is there may be no practical way to remove the upper deck and modify it with a swing nose for heavy cargo.

The freight handlers sure love the A300-330 and DC-10 / MD-11, though.
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Oh how did Airbus misscalculate on this one, who'd have predicted the direction of long distance travel was going to be super fuel efficient point to point of the latest twin engines from BA and AB.
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I can't say I'll miss them that much. A great technical achievement, but not pleasing to the eye. They never looked quite right to me. Then again, nothing has really measured up to the 747.
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