Emirates’ fleet of Airbus A380s has already left five planes

Emirates' fleet of Airbus A380s has already left five planes

Emirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, has decommissioned five aircraft so far. Despite the fact that just one has officially left the fleet, the COVID-induced grounding has resulted in the cancellation of four more. Over the next 12 months, the airline expects to receive four brand new superjumbos.

Five A380s have been retired by Emirates

Emirates has described the structure of its fleet for the next financial year of 2021 in its annual report, which was released today. Despite the fact that only one Airbus A380 has been officially retired, Emirates has announced that four more will not be brought back into service. According to the report,

“During the financial year, the airline received three A380s and retired ten of its older aircraft (9 B777-300ER and 1 A380). In addition, four A380s have been taken out of service because they are currently grounded and will not be used until their scheduled retirement dates during the next financial year.”

We can tell that the four oldest A380s in the fleet are A6-EDF, EDJ, EDA, and EDC based on their age alone. According to information from ch-aviation, the oldest of these is A6-EDF, which is 15.33 years old. The others are between the ages of 13 and 14.8 and will most likely be retired soon.

It’s noteworthy to note that the only A380 that was formally retired was actually younger than these aircraft. A6-EDB, which had been in service for 12.4 years, retired from the fleet in February 2020. As a result, it’s possible that the age of the aircraft isn’t the sole factor used by Emirates to determine when it’s time to retire.

EDB had flown for about 47,000 hours when it was retired. The highest in-service time is seen in A6-EDA, EDC, EDD, and EDE. Each has logged more than 46,000 hours of flight time, with EDA coming in just shy of 50,000.

Simple Flying has contacted Emirates for clarification on which planes are departing the fleet, and we will update this post when more information becomes available.

Will more leave before they are reactivated?

The A380’s retirement age is said to be around 12 years, according to Emirates. In addition to the four who have already crossed this milestone, ten more are on the verge of doing so and will do so before the end of the year.

A6-EDD, EDE, and EDG, all of which are over 12 years old, are notable. This fiscal year, A6-EDH, EDI, and EDK will turn 12 years old. As a result, we may expect at least three, and possibly as many as six, to retire by the conclusion of this fiscal year.

The first A380 delivered to Emirates was A6-EDF, which is now over 15 years old.

The first A380 delivered to Emirates was A6-EDF, which is now over 15 years old. Photo: N509FZ via Wikimedia

Even if more depart the fleet, there will not be a contraction because four more brand new A380s are set to arrive. The A6-EVO is due to arrive this month, bringing with it another A380 with Emirates’ new premium economy package.

The last three A380s will be delivered in 2022, according to ch-aviation, one in January, one in March, and the final one in May. A6-EVQ, EVR, and EVS will be the registrations on them. The A6-EVS will be the final A380 delivered by Airbus.

The size of the A380 fleet will begin to diminish as the fleet refresh continues. The introduction of the A350-900s, 787-9s, and, eventually, the 777X will compensate for the loss of the A380s. Nonetheless, with new aircraft being added to the fleet, we can be confident that Emirates’ A380s will be around for a long time.

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