Lufthansa has flown its first Airbus A380 to a Spanish aircraft graveyard. The airline today ferried D-AIMG from Munich to Tarmac Aerosave in Teruel. Earlier this month, it announced the immediate decommissioning of six Airbus A380s.
Now is not a great time to be an Airbus A380. The majority of the world’s fleet is currently grounded, with a possibility that some won’t fly again. Now, airlines have started to ferry the giant of the skies to Teruel, an aircraft graveyard in Spain. Some may never leave.
A final flight?
The Lufthansa Group had already been sending its entire fleet of Airbus A340-600 aircraft to Teruel. In total, the airline has 17 of these aircraft that are being moved in stages. We already know that seven of the A340-600 aircraft won’t fly for Lufthansa again.
Now, this gives two possibilities for the Airbus A380 fleet. The airline could be sending its entire fleet to storage in Teruel. However, it has yet to confirm this if this is indeed the case.
We also know that Lufthansa earlier this month announced that six A380s had been immediately decommissioned. The airline had already planned to sell these aircraft back to Airbus in a couple of years.
Now, as the aircraft will no longer be flying, it doesn’t make sense to keep them at a busy airport like Frankfurt or Munich. The plane takes up a lot of space and could rack up hefty parking fees, depending on where they’re left.
Not alone in Teruel
D-AIMG’s last passenger flight saw it operate from Miami to Munich on the 11th of March. Since then, it has been patiently awaiting its fate at Munich Airport. However, today it left for what could be its final flight at 08:53. After a two hour flight, it landed in Teruel at 10:55.
The aircraft, possibly the first Lufthansa A380 to be retired, will be in good company at Teruel. The Spanish aircraft graveyard has seen a flurry of activity since the current global crisis landed.
Lufthansa is sending its entire Airbus A340-600 fleet to the location for storage. At least seven of these aircraft won’t return to service, if not more. There are also several other Airbus A380s at Teruel. So far, Air France has sent two, with more possibly set to follow. Last week we mulled if these aircraft will fly again.
Meanwhile, British Airways has also been utilizing the Spanish graveyard. Several weeks ago now, the British flag carrier flew five of its Boeing 747 aircraft down to the site for long term storage. It is unclear when they will be retrieved. However, Simple Flying understands that the airline intends to use them again.
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