(CNN) – The A380 SuperJumbo is a favorite among aviation fans, due to its huge interior, powerful size and quiet flight experience, but its days are numbered since Airbus announced it will stop production of the airliner in 2019.
The death of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, costly to operate, was apparently fueled by a slowdown in Covid-19 epidemic travel, but now German airline Lufthansa – which was selling its grounded A380s and retiring the aircraft from its fleet – is believed to be retiring. Has announced plans to restructure the giant aircraft from the summer of 2023.
Lufthansa’s A380s are currently in “deep storage”. Here is a photo of the May 2020 Lufthansa A380s parked in a storage facility at Teruel Airport.
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Lufthansa has sold six of its A380s in the last few years and the airline has eight superjumbo left in its fleet. The aircraft is currently in deep storage in Spain and France.
The German flag carrier says it is still evaluating how many A380s will be reactivated, and is looking at which routes they can fly.
Airlines usually deploy superjumbo on long-distance, popular routes. The size of the aircraft makes them expensive to operate, so there is a demand to justify it.
While the A380 seemed to be on its way out in recent years, Lufthansa’s decision suggests that the A380 has not yet been sent to the history books. Superjumbo also resides in the fleets of Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Korean Air, All Nippon Airways and British Airways.
Top photo: Photo of the Lufthansa A380 parked in March 2020 by Thomas Lohness / Getty Images