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Old 14th November 2017, 02:52 PM
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Default Singapore Airlines retires first A380

MIAMI — Singapore Airlines has withdrawn the first Airbus A380 ever delivered from their fleet. The aircraft, 9V-SKA, was delivered in October of 2007 and is just over 11 years old.

First reported by FlightGlobal.com, Singapore Airlines has since confirmed the aircraft’s fate with Reuters.

Singapore will return the aircraft to German leasing firm Dr. Peters Group in the coming months. At this time, it is unclear what the future holds for 9V-SKA. While Dr. Peters Group will undoubtedly attempt to find an airline willing to take the aircraft, the scrap yard may be the more likely destination for this frame.

As Airbus continues to struggle to find future A380 operators, the manufacturer has gone back to the drawing board in hopes of securing more orders. In today’s day and age where two-engine widebodies rule long-haul travel, the four-engine A380 simply can’t keep up. While fuel prices have been on the decline in recent years, the cost to operate the four-engine aircraft still remains significantly higher than its two-engine counterparts.

https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/sing...ver-delivered/

First retired A380 superjumbo parked at Tarmac Aerosave awaiting sale or scrap

http://www.traveller.com.au/first-re...r-scrap-gziiuo

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9v-ska

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Old 14th November 2017, 04:25 PM
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SKA ferried changi - tarbes yesterday. It's currently painted all white and along with SKB are understood to be both picked up by hifly for charter work moving forward.

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.c...-a380-leasing/

https://www.airinsight.com/hi-fly-talks-a380-plans/

All white SKA... https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8728999

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Old 16th November 2017, 09:19 AM
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Latest buzz here is that BA are considering taking up to 4 ex SIA A380s.
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Old 16th November 2017, 10:20 AM
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Considering BA has a fleet of fuel hungry B744 it would like to off load as quick as possible.

It might be a short term solution.
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