Emirates is retiring its first Airbus A380 aircraft (registered as A6-EDB), as it departed for a storage facility in France.
The Airbus A380 departed from Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 3:55 PM local time (UTC +2) enroute to Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in France, the home of Tarmac Aerosave facilities where aircraft are stored, maintained and recycled.
The airport is a temporary or permanent home of several Super Jumbos, including former Air France and Singapore Airlines A380s. The company’s other facilities at Teruel Airport (TEV) are home to ex-Lufthansa A380s that were phased out by the German airline in May 2020.
Emirates currently owns 115 Airbus A380 aircraft, including the one dispatched to Tarbes. Airbus is set to deliver eight additional freshly produced double-deckers to the Dubai-based airline, completing the production cycle of the Airbus A380. The last-ever produced jet of the type was recently spotted leaving Airbus Toulouse Final Assembly Line (FAL) station 40.
The A6-EDB was first delivered to Emirates airline in October 2008 and was the second A380 to join the airline’s fleet after the A6-EDA. It was withdrawn from service in February 2020, according to planespotters.net data.
While the majority of Emirate’s Super Jumbos are currently grounded, all stored aircraft are kept in the airline’s hub at DXB and Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).