Air France is to send up to five of its Airbus A380 aircraft to Teruel, a Spanish aircraft graveyard. This will happen sometime before the end of this month. The French flag carrier hasn’t been flying its fleet of A380 aircraft in recent weeks as their capacity isn’t required, given the current situation.
Air France has already retired one of its fleet of ten Airbus A380 aircraft. The remaining nine are due to be retired by 2022. However, none are currently flying. An Airbus A380 last flew in Air France colors on the 23rd of March. However, it won’t be long until a few aircraft return to the skies, albeit to enter long term storage.
Long term storage
Air France is set to store up to five Airbus A380s in Teruel. Teruel is a Spanish Aircraft graveyard housing many aircraft, some that haven’t flown for years. TARMAC Aerosave is a company that offers the graveyard services present at Teruel.
According to a tweet shared by Teruel Airport, a third of Air France’s remaining A380s are due to be ferried down to the Spanish graveyard for storage by the end of the month. These are F-HPJA, F-HPJC, and F-HPJE. The aircraft are 11, 10, and 9 years old, respectively.
🇦🇪 F-HPJC arrivera en provenance d’Abou