Qatar airways ordered A346’s back in 2004. When they were first delivered CEO Al Baker declared them to be a wonderful aircraft customers would love.
By 2009: “I wish we could just throw them away, they are not efficient at all”.
Originally used on London, Paris and Osaka routes they were re-seated several times and eventually relegated to less premium routes.
The last flight on April 30th was from Bangkok to Doha. The aircraft are being dismantled by a Dutch salvage company, AELS in Twente.
The only major operators of A346’s are now Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Iran’s Mahan Air – and they’re ex-Virgin Atlantic.
Despite Airbus holding a conference in London in 2016 to find buyers and ways or re-marketing the relatively young wide bodies, nobody wanted to know and most have been scrapped.
You can’t help but think the A380’s will end up going the same way.