Emirates Airlines, World’s Largest A380 Operator, Begins Dumping, Cannibalizing Planes
"It's best to take the old aircraft out – they're all written down – and take the gear off them rather than buy a $25 million main landing gear..." Emirates.
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September 7, 2019 - by Michael Goldstein for forbes.com
The Airbus A380 hasn't even been in service for 12 years, but even its biggest advocate, Emirates Airlines, is already preparing for its demise.
Et tu, Brute? The Latin sentence from Shakespeare's play JULIUS CAESAR, refers to Caesar recognizing his close friend Brutus among his assassins. The idea of the "unkindest cut" being delivered by a friend seems to apply to Emirates' retirement plans for the Airbus A380, particularly as Emirates President Tim Clark was one of the aircraft's greatest advocates.
Although Emirates says it will fly the A380 through 2035, a pair of A380s have already been removed from Emirates service. Instead of being sold into a used market for the A380,which has never developed, they will be cannibalized to provide spare parts for the remaining fleet, Clark recently told FlightGlobal.
"We are in the process of [starting A380 retirements]. Two have been deactivated," Clark said in the FlightGlobal interview. "They are under retirement because we've got a major overhaul coming up and it's best to take the old aircraft out – they're all written down – and take the gear off them rather than buy a $25 million main landing gear." This may be both an economic and practical measure, as the A380 production line is set to close in 2021.
Emirates Airlines is by far the world's largest A380 operator. The airline...
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