As expected, Air France has accelerated its A380 retirement and will be come the first airline to wholly retire its A380 fleet. That’s sad news in general, but particularly sad news for me.
Let me concede at the outset that life is not all about me. But since this is my blog and something I’ve written about on several occasions, I hope you can appreciate my particular sadness over this decision by Air France.
I love the A380. It’s my second-favorite aircraft (to the 747) and I have enjoyed incredible journeys around the world in it over the years. In fact, I’ve flown first class on the A380 on nearly every airline that offers it:
- British Airways
- China Southern
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways
There are two airlines missing. One is Korean Air, the other is… (you guessed it) Air France. For years, I’ve wanted to try the Air France A380 in first class.
> Read More: My Strong Desire To Fly The Air France A380…
Yes, I even had a trip on the Air France A380 booked for this autumn.
And now that won’t happen. As long as Korean Air stays alive and keeps the A380, Air France will be the only carrier whose A380 I never flew. That hurts…
From a practical perspective, it just made sense to retire the entire A380 fleet. First Class was ancient and business class was uncompetitive. More importantly, Air France’s fleet simplification strategy makes sense from both a cost and environmental perspective.
But not flying on the Air France A380 in first class will be a huge regret for the rest of my life. Oh, I’ll sleep just fine, but it is a great reminder that if you snooze, you loose.
Now I’ll request a refund on that Air France La Premiere deal…