Air France’s A380 returns to Paris in all-white

In mid-July, we reported that an Air France A380, tail number F-HPJD, made a flight from Paris (CDG) to Malta International Airport (MLA) for repainting. Yesterday, the aircraft returned to Paris from Milan with a new paint job…all white. The image above from JetPhotos shows F-HPJD taking off from MLA on its way to Paris.

F-HPJD recently came off a ten-year lease to Air France. The aircraft is owned by an investment fund managed by Dr. Peters Group, a German asset management firm. Dr. Peters currently manages 19 aircraft, including nine A380s, four 777s, four 787s, and two A319s.

The future of “Juliet Delta” is uncertain, but her outlook does not look good. Demand for second-hand A380s was poor even before the COVID pandemic. In 2018, Dr. Peters scrapped two A380s after their 10-year lease to Singapore Airlines ended.