Emirates retires its first A380

Emirates announced the retirement of its first A380, A6-EDB, it was the second aircraft to be delivered.

It first entered service on 24 October 2008, . It was planned for retirement even before the Covid saga, being one of the earlier aircraft that were beset with wing box frame issues requiring extensive work. These aircraft were also over weight and less economical than was intended. Its believed Emirates didn’t want the expense of a major D Check and respray of an old aircraft when new ones were to be delivered.

Emirates is still expected to take delivery of another eight aircraft, the last is technically due to be completed around March next year. At the moment the air craft are all stored.

The fleet size is currently standing at 114, but more are expected to retire as their leases expire, most of which are 12 years unless the airline owns the aircraft outright.