Virus prompts Air France-KLM to ditch A380s
PARIS, France – Air France-KLM announced Wednesday, May 20, the "definitive end" of operations of the world's biggest commercial airliner, the A380, owing to the devastating coronavirus impact on air travel.
"In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the Air France-KLM Group announces today the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations," a statement said.
"Initially scheduled by the end of 2022," the move should make the group's fleet of planes "more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint," it added.
The "phaseout" is expected to cost Air France-KLM 500 million euros ($550 million), it added.
Air France-KLM posted a net loss of 1.8 billion euros in the 1st quarter of the year and the near-term outlook is distinctly gloomy.
The A380 costs more to operate than other jets and produces more pollution. Airbus announced in February that it was stopping production. – Rappler.com