MIAMI — The first two ex-Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s are being scrapped in Tarbes, France. At a very young age of just 12 years, these two Super Jumbos have failed to find a second-hand operator and will, therefore, be discarded.
Once the leasing agreements with Singapore Airlines were completed, the two aircraft (MSN003 and MSN005) were repainted to a full-white livery and flown to Tarbes for storage. Today, the planes have been spotted missing its four engines and other key components.
In 2017, Singapore Airlines withdrew the first Airbus A380 ever delivered from its fleet.
The aircraft, 9V-SKA, was delivered in October of 2007 and was just over 11 years old at the time of its retirement. This plane marked history as the first A380 to enter commercial service, on a flight from Singapore to Sydney.
Later on, Singapore Airlines phased four more A380s, as five factory-fresh planes were delivered to the carrier.
One of these planes found a new home with Portuguese wet-lease specialist, Hi Fly. The airline took delivery of its first Airbus A380-800 in July 2018, becoming the world’s first second-hand operator of the largest passenger plane on earth.
The carrier is now the fourth European airline to operate the aircraft type and the 14th in the world.
While 9V-SKA and -SKB are being scrapped, the remaining two ex-Singapore Airlines planes are preserved in pristine conditions. It is currently unknown what the fate of these two planes is.
In the meantime, Airbus decided to pull the plug on the production of the world’s largest—and most controversial—passenger aircraft, scheduled to shut down in 2021.
With only 70 firm orders left to fulfill, of which 23 have been indefinitely deferred, the viability of one of the world’s most ambitious and expensive airplane programs is no longer plausible.
From 313 firm orders, 236 planes have been delivered—about 75% of the total order book.