Malaysia Airlines has sent its last Airbus A380 to Tarbes, France, for long-term storage. On December 19, 2022, the A380-800 aircraft with the registration 9M-MNF, which is 10 years old, was observed flying a ferry service to Tarbes.
Flightradar24.com’s flight history reports that the wide-body passenger aircraft was travelling on flight MH5088 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) in Malaysia to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in France at approximately 11.33 a.m. local time.
Malaysia Airlines was also one of the airlines that restricted children on the upper deck. stated that children under the age of 12 are not permitted to ride in the A380’s 70-seat top deck economy section. “The economy seats on the upper level will be earmarked for business travelers. Passengers accompanying minors under the age of 12 will be denied access to these seats.
Malaysian Airlines is presently considering selling these aircraft after being unable to find a customer to operate them. The airlines were severely impacted following the covid time. Despite the financial turmoil, airlines want to fly more trips with 300- 350 seater aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines disclosed that it was looking into options to get rid of all Airbus A380s when the restructuring was finished in May 2021. The national airline’s parent firm, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), made an effort to sell all six aircraft but was unsuccessful. The A380 selling tender was announced by MAG in July 2021, and interested parties were asked to submit their bids by August 12th, 2021.
But no significant clients responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP). when the COVID-19 epidemic forced the airline to halt its overseas A380 routes in April 2020, it was actively running international airline routes throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia. all the A380 aircraft were kept earlier in the KUL airport while they awaited a buyer.
FlightAware.com data reveals that the first of the six superjumbos, 9M-MNC, was transported to Tarbes on November 14 and that the remaining five aircraft were moved a few weeks later, in November and December 2022. Recently, three Singapore Airlines A380s were dismantled and shipped for recycling and subsequent sale of all components.
The majority of A380s are being phased out of service, however a few operators, like Emirates, Qantas, and Lufthansa, are still contemplating them. Even Ethihad Airlines has recovered from substantial financial difficulties and stated that it will reintroduce the penthouse in the sky with all-luxury First Class service for passengers.
The Malaysia Airlines A380 fleet is relatively young and can be used by any carrier in the future, not shipped for scrap.