It only seems like yesterday that the first, magnificent double-decker A380 took flight. Yet the first of these planes are now being taken out of service and due to their size and high maintenance costs, they are not being sold to lesser airlines and are instead being dismantled and stripped for parts.

This is what has happened to the very first Airbus A380, which Singapore Airlines launched in December 2007. Having been returned at the end of their leases, two of Singapore Airlines A380s are being returned for parts. There’s simply not a big second-hand market for A380s.

Singapore Airlines offers an excellent First Class seat and service on the A380. I have reviewed First Class on Singapore Airlines separately. They even offer a double bed in their amazing First Class Suite on certain flights. It also offers a quiet and spacious cabin, but demand for the 544-seater has fallen. Airlines prefer smaller twin-engined planes that are more efficient and easier to fill.

These two magical Singapore Airlines A380 planes will not be scrapped completely as they have many valuable components. For example, the engines have been removed and leased back to manufacturer Rolls-Royce (RR.L) for use as spares. But they are well on their way to “The Good Place” (reference to Netflix afterlife comedy).

Emirates is the main hope for the Airbus A380 as it recently ordered up to 36 more A380s and also has plans to install Emirates Premium Economy seats.

(Please note, photo above is not of an A380 plane as there are no pictures available of these dismantled planes)

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