More Airbus A380s To Be Scrapped

Daniel Fowkes
07 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
More Airbus A380s are set to be scrapped for parts as the series' resurgence worldwide means more parts are required to maintain the fleet.

Further, Airbus A380s are set to be disposed of as VAS Aero Services, an aviation logistics and aftermarket services firm, and Dr Peters Group, an investment fund management firm, expand their partnership.

As part of the latest news release, the pair have unveiled the placement of four Airbus A380s with VAS Aero Services for reclamation and redistribution.

The scrapping of these four aircraft is in line with the high demand for used serviceable material or USM on the Airbus A380s, which aircraft operators currently require.

The parts will be readily available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Managing Director and Head of Aviation at Dr Peters Group highlighted the resurgence in reliance on the A380, increasing the need for these high-quality USM parts.

Additionally, the timing of the end-of-life A380s is reaching a point where they’re at their optimal for scrapping. Also, the pair highlight the ability to monetize the remaining serviceable parts as part of their core focus.

Such an agreement between the pair isn’t a first-ever development, with the companies working together on previous occasions to tear down Airbus A380s.

Having dismantled the very first A380 aircraft for the Dr. Peters Group, and managed the redistribution of its USM parts, VAS has enjoyed a long-standing consignment partnership with Dr. Peters. Their confidence in our ability to maximize the value of their end-of-service aircraft assets is truly appreciated.

Tommy Hughes, VAS Chief Executive Officer.

While three of the Airbus A380s set to be scrapped are to see their fate sealed in France, the final A380 will be scrapped in Alice Springs at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facilities.

This location was prevalent during the pandemic for airlines in the Asia Pacific to store their aircraft and, for a considerable period before that, acted as an essential storage and graveyard for retired aircraft.

As per the announcement, the fourth and final Airbus A380 for scrapping in Australia will see its part made available to customers in Australia, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.

The Airbus A380s Resurgence

Following the height of the global pandemic, the resurgence of Airbus A380s has been predictable to some analysts and just as unpredictable.

When long-haul travel ceased worldwide, airlines had to find ways to mitigate the losses they felt across their network. As a result, airlines often pulled the plug on their superjumbos first to be more efficient and leaner while going through some of the more difficult times.

Several leading airlines parted ways with the Airbus A380, citing its inefficient nature, sheer size and substantial operating costs as reasons alongside the pandemic uncertainty to part ways with the type.

However, when restrictions began to ease, demand resurged quicker than anyone had expected, and airlines that had mass grounded and retired aircraft to cope with the lower demand were left scrambling.

The Airbus A380 once more had a place within airline fleets for various reasons. In some cases, these airlines could not acquire next-generation widebodies such as the A350 or 777X due to delivery delays or certification problems. However, because of the apparent pent-up demand, these airlines also needed high-capacity aircraft to carry passengers between large hubs.

Once more, the Airbus A380’s true purpose was identified, and airlines brought the aircraft back in sheer numbers. However, airlines that ruled out the return of the world’s largest passenger plane also felt so much pressure that they returned the aircraft to service.

While the comeback isn’t viewed as a long-term one, it is, for the moment, a testament to what the Airbus A380 brings to so many airlines worldwide and that its purpose can still shine through despite the lack of orders and struggles it had.

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