Air France quietly retired its first of 10 Airbus A380s last week. I’m still on the fence as to whether to invest in such an outdated product.
F-HPJB continued onto Malta Saturday after arriving in Paris from Johannesburg. The Air France livery will be painted over and its future is unknown…Singapore’s retired A380 has not been all that useful to others.
This particular model was one of Air France’s leased A380s. It leased five and owns five. The leased models will be returned first, with the A380 fleet gradually retired over the next three years. The last A380 will be retired in 2022.
Why Will Air France Retire Its A380 Fleet?
Air France has begun to retire its A380 fleet for six primary reasons:
- A380 Fleet is Too Small
- A380 is Operationally Unreliable
- Unplanned Heavy Maintenance Checks
- Pricey Interior Cabin Retrofits
- Reduced Frequencies
- No Compelling Slot Restrictions At A380 Airports
> Read More: Six Reasons Air France Is Retiring A380
Air France will become the first airline in the world to retire its entire A380 fleet.
Should I Still Fly It?
I’m still thinking about that A380 trip on Air France. I’ve made it a goal to review the first class product of every single airline that offers it. I’ve almost met that goal, having flown the A380 on:
- British Airways
- China Southern
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways
I’ve just got two left: Korean Air and Air France. I know that Air France will technically fall off that list when the aircraft is retired. Even so, I cannot shake this desire to review it…just to experience it once.
I’d need a very attractive price to do this…there is no way I am using miles for it. Barring that, maybe I’ll book business class and hope I can upgrade for cheap. Then again, if I splurge for the first class experience once again, I want to ensure there is time to enjoy the beautiful first class ground experience in Paris CDG.
Please let me know in the comments section below if you see any sweet deals invovling Air France La Premiere on the A380.
The Air France A380 retirement process has already begun. While most will not miss the outdated seats onboard, there is something sad about such a majestic whale of a bird leaving the skies.
Will you miss the Air France A380?
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image: Air France