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Final Airbus A380 is sent by Malaysia Airlines to France for long-term storage.

Final Airbus A380 is sent by Malaysia Airlines to France for long-term storage.

Malaysia Airlines has stored its last Airbus A380 in Tarbes, France, for an extended period of time. 

On December 19, 2022, the 10-year-old A380-800 aircraft, flight 9M-MNF, was observed flying a ferry service to Tarbes. 

The wide-body passenger aircraft was traveling on flight MH5088 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) in Malaysia to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in France at roughly 11.33 a.m. local time, according to flight history data retrieved from Flightradar24.com. 

The aircraft is the sixth of its kind that the Malaysian flag carrier has shipped to France for long-term archival. At roughly 5.55 p.m. local time, it’s anticipated that the aircraft will land in Tarbes.  

Plans for Malaysia Airlines no longer work with the Airbus A380 

According to information from Planespotters.net, the aircraft joined Malaysia Airlines’ fleet in March 2013. 

Up until April 2020, when the COVID-19 epidemic compelled the airline to halt international flights using A380s, it was actively running airline routes spanning Europe, Australia, and Asia. 

After the restructuring was finished in May 2021, Malaysia Airlines disclosed that it was looking for ways to get rid of every Airbus A380. All six aircraft were available for sale, but the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), 

The national airline’s parent corporation, was unable to make a deal. The A380 selling tender was launched by MAG in July 2021, and interested parties had until August 12th, 2021, to submit their bids. 

But no significant clients responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP). 

The conclusion: Malaysia Airlines will sell its Airbus A380 fleet 2021-07-16 AIRCRAFT

Until Malaysia Airlines decided to send the superjumbos to a storage facility in France in November 2022

The 9M-MNF and five other wide-body aircraft of the same class – the 9M-MNA, 9M-MNB, 9M-MNC, 9M-MND, and 9M-MNE – were kept at KUL airport while they awaited a buyer. 

FlightAware.com data reveals that the first of the six superjumbos, 9M-MNC, was transported to Tarbes on November 14 and that the remaining five aircraft were moved a few weeks later, in November and December 2022.

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