It looks like some of the Air France A380 fleet is being scrapped in Knock, Ireland. For those that don’t know, this is a place in County Mayo in the west of the country.
The French airline are retiring the Airbus A380, planning to have all of them out of service by 2022. While it is the beginning of the end for the aircraft with Air France, other airlines plan to keep them for around the next ten years.
Air France A380 Scrapping At Knock
Flying In Ireland is reporting that up to four aircraft will meet the axe in Knock. F-HPJB has been returned to the lessor, Dr. Peters Group and the latest news is the aircraft is due on Valentine’s Day. You can see this plane in happier times at the top of this article.
Irish company EirTrade Aviation are based at Knock Airport and are fully capable of scrapping an Airbus A380. No doubt the value of the parts is higher than any potential future lease income.
Officially known as Ireland West Airport Knock, the facility served just over 800,000 passengers in 2019, mainly to UK destinations. Aer Lingus, Ryanair and FlyBe operate the majority of services.
It will certainly be interesting to see an Airbus A380 at the airport in among the Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s and Dash 8s! No doubt the spotters will out in force to catch the landing.
Parting out the Air France A380 fleet is not too surprising. The prohibitive cost of cabin reconfiguration means that existing operators are just not interested in acquiring the second hand aircraft, despite the fact they may be able to use them.
Knock is an airport that I have yet to visit in Ireland. I still need to get to Knock, Cork, Kerry and Belfast International before I can say I’ve been to all the main facilities on the island. Perhaps the next time I am in London I will return home from London Gatwick to Knock and then get a bus home. We will see!
Have you ever flown on board an Air France A380? Perhaps you’ve been to Knock Airport before? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Jakkrit Prasertwit on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.
Knock Airport by Harvey Milligan via Wikimedia Commons.