Recently I wrote about how Air France were sending some Airbus A380s for scrap in Ireland. The first aircraft arrived at Knock Airport yesterday, 20 February 2020.
Considering the airport sees the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 as its main equipment, this landing is quite the event. Happily just about anyone interested in aviation in the area turned out for the big event.
Knock Airport A380 Landing Video
The video below runs for a little over five minutes. Both a Ryanair flight to Liverpool and an Aer Lingus service to London Gatwick depart in the beginning. This illustrates the usual jets using the facility.
From about 1 minute and 30 seconds in, the ex-Air France Airbus A380 descends into Knock Airport. You get a real feel for the size of the beast in the clip.
Another historic day for @Irelandwest as we welcomed the worlds biggest passenger aircraft, the @Airbus #A380 to the airport today for parking and storage. The biggest aircraft ever to land at the airport. Here is the footage of the aircraft landing on our famous runway 🙌🙌✈️✈️ pic.twitter.com/kEyK1Qhxd3
— Ireland West Airport (@Irelandwest) February 20, 2020
Ireland West Airport, as it is officially known, also posted a video on their Twitter feed above. This shows the landing from the opposite side, so you can have that feeling of truly having been there.
One More Video
Those into portrait mode videos, or who are watching on their phone, might prefer this one. Whoever did this actually uploaded it first to YouTube, and possibly even faster than the airport.
It’s always good to see people sharing these moments so quickly. Those of us who can’t be there get to vicariously experience it as a result and I like that.
While seeing such a large and complex machine heading for the scrap heap is never the best, it is still a cause for celebration for Ireland West Airport. It is possible more of Airbus A380s will also go here for spares recovery.
Were you at Knock Airport to see the landing? What do you think of the videos? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image via Irish Times.