With only one airline still flying the A380, airlines have struggled to find parking spots for the world’s largest commercial airliner along with other grounded aircraft. Some airports, like Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) have resorted to parking idle planes on runways.
But this is not possible at all airports, especially those that are home to large airlines, like Singapore Airlines, which has a fleet of 132 aircraft, including 19 A380s. As a result, airlines been forced to find new locations to store their planes. In the case of Singapore Airlines, a third of their A380 fleet now calls the small city of Alice Springs, Australia, home.
Alice Springs Airport (ASP) is quite small. After all, it serves a city with a population of only 25,000 residents. It has a single runway for heavies, only ten gates, and a single restaurant past security called Terra Rosa. ASP is not without luxuries though; both Qantas and Virgin Australia operate lounges in the airports only terminal.
Although ASP doesn’t even have jetways to accommodate the double-decker A380 – it actually doesn’t have any jetways at all – the airport does have one asset that makes it an ideal spot for Singapore Airlines’ A380s. Lots of empty space. It’s also just 2,500 miles away from Singapore Changi Airport – the home of Singapore Airlines, and has relatively low humidity.
Sinagpore Airlines currently has 6 of its 19 A380s stored at ASP, along with a handful of 777s, 737s and A320s. Singapore Airlines has not announced when it’s A380s will take back to the skies, but there is a SQ A380 flight scheduled for December 1st.
Check out Steve Strike’s awesome photos of Singapore Airlines’ A380s at ASP here.