Air France will run one final Airbus A380 flight next week over Metropolitan France, offering a select few a final opportunity to fly the superjumbo before it is permanently retired from the fleet.
The final Air France A380 flight will take place on June 26, 2020. Before you get excited, it does not appear Air France will sell passenger tickets. Aeronews Global reports that the flight will be for employees, with Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith and Air France CEO Anne Rigail scheduled to attend.
On June 26, @airfrance will perform a special farewell @Airbus A380 flight over France, with employees onboard, to mark the retirement of its 9 superjumbos. Ben Smith (AF-KLM CEO) & Anne Rigail (AF CEO) should also attend. More details soon. @AirbusPRESS @AFnewsroom @a380fanclub pic.twitter.com/Boj9S2H7k6
— Aeronews (@AeronewsGlobal) June 19, 2020
Air France accelerated the retirement of its A380 fleet due to COVID-19. With demand expected to take years to fully recover, opportunities to consistently fill 516 seats simply did not exist.
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On A Personal Note…
I must admit, I’m deeply saddened I likely won’t be part of this farewell flight, as the Air France A380 is one of the only A380 products I have not flown. Air France has not even indicated if any media will be invited on. This would be one media invitation I would accept…but likely cannot due to my passport. Although I am able to live in Germany legally and do spend considerable time there each year, with only an American passport I must travel with my wife, a German national, during the pandemic. And just because I enter Germany does not necessarily mean I will be able to enter France. There are too many moving parts and I’m not about to drag my wife to Germany with me with our newborn daughter and three-year-old son so daddy can fly on an A380.
But I look forward to vicariously reading about this final flight through others…
Air France plans to operate one more A380 flight next week. If any passenger tickets are sold, I will let you know. And let the sudden retirement of the Air France A380 fleet be a warning not to defer flying planes that interest you…because you never know when it will suddenly be too late.
I know it was an inferior onboard product, but what is your favorite memory of the Air France A380?