On May 20, 2020, Air France unceremoniously announced the retirement of its fleet of A380s. The airline’s A380 included five aircraft that were owned or leased by Air France, four that were on an operating lease, and one that had already been retired.
So, where are these birds now?
Air France’s oldest A380 has been parked at Ireland West Airport (NOC) since February. This aircraft was already retired and its Air France livery has been removed.
One A380 is in Teruel Airport (TEV) in Spain, which is known for hosting sleeping planes. Lufthansa and other airlines also rely on TEV for plane storage.
One A380 is at the Czech Republic’s Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava (OSR) airport. Although OSR is not known for aircraft storage, the airport does have a large runway that can accommodate the A380.
Three of Air France’s A380s are at Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in Southern France. This is a well-known airport graveyard that’s home to retired aircraft from around the world.
Air France’s four remaining A380s are still at home, at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris. These include some planes that are owned by Air France, and some that belong to lessors.