However, it will not end with these few copies. The commercial aviation industry is no longer interested in such large, less ecological and expensive machines. The future is smaller machines with highly efficient propulsion and much longer reach, and with supersonic speeds. Such planes are expected to appear in the sky this year.
Coming back to the A380, some time ago, the first few test machines were scrapped at Tarbes Lourdes in France and Teruel Caude in Spain, and now more have joined them. The planes have been flying in the colors of Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa for a decade. They made a lot of money for the carriers. Unfortunately, the largest passenger planes in the world did not interest any of the world's lines, so it was decided to take them apart.
In total, throughout the history of the A380 production, 242 units of this machine were built. At the moment, 224 are in use, but in the following years their number will start to drop significantly in favor of the much more economical A350 and A33neo machines from the manufacturer itself and competitors, e.g. in the form of Boeing. The CoVID-19 pandemic will also contribute to this. Currently, Airbus is in the process of producing more than 40 machines, and two years ago there were orders for more than 300. Half of all machines fly for Emirates, but the carrier has also abandoned their purchases in favor of smaller aircraft.
In films posted on the web, we can see machines at different stages of demolition. The engines, radar shields, and even the doors have already been removed. Similar works were also carried out inside the machines. Their disassembly and recycling of parts is not a problem, as the plane was designed and built of materials that could be recycled.
In the coming months, we can expect that they will be dismantled to single screws. Parts obtained from these machines will go as cheaper spare parts to companies that will need them for replacement. Soon, more plays of this majestic flying monster will be delivered to the Tarbes Lourdes and Teruel Caude airport.