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  Super jumbo still grounded.

Airbus A380 SIA, 9V-SKL (2014) arriving at Frankfurt

     Because of flight restrictions of the COVID-pandamie, a lot of the superplanes are grounded. Many of them will not return anymore. Asiana, (with 6 A380's) is not really scared and are trying to bring them back to service in march 2021. China Southern (5) never stopped flying and Korean (10) started carefully with one Superjumbo, while Thai (6) stored there planes and Malaysia (6) is selling them. Singapore wants to get rid of them. Some are dismantled in Changi and Tarmac (Toulouse). Only 8 are active. Etihad (10) have them still stored as well and there is no change to see them back. Emirates (123) keeps them in the air, although the oldest one is already send back to Airbus for spareparts. Qatar (10) is flying with 4 super jumbo's and Qantas (12) have them stored in Victorville, but are tring to bring them back, one by one.

And then we have the European operaters; British Airways have 6 of 12 them stored in Madrid, Turuel and Doha, next to the ones of Qatar. After ten years, has Air France, all ten of them scrapped. One is already dismantled in Ireland. (Knock) Au revoir! Meanwhile is Lufthansa hasitating about their 14 super jumbo's wich are stored. maybe they will left a couple in the air; "Fur die Buhne!"

The production of A380 stopped in 2021.

Written at Oss, 2021-12-07
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  Last KLM B747 left Amsterdam

Boeing 747-400 PH-BFV (2007)

     After almost after 50 years the last Boeing 747-400 left Amsterdam for Teruel, Spain for storage. The Jumbo's where already grounded because of the COVID-pandamie, but returned als Combi/Cargo planes for transportion of medical goods for the same pandamie. The last plane ferried to Turuel was the PH-BFV, named City of Vancouver, wich was in service for 21 years with KLM. Also British Airways and Quantas said Goodbye to the 'Queen of Skies'. The first B742 came in 1971 to the Netherlands. The last B747 photographed by dePlane! was the PH-BFT in service with KLM. Subsidiary Martinair has still three B747 Cargo planes left, some in KLM livery.

British Airways grounded there B747 half 2020, because of the pandamic flight-restrictions. Delta already srcapped them already in 2017, it was the only American Airliner left. Air France scrapped all of them. Lufthansa has only a few older B747's stored in Twente-EHTW (Netherlands) and on runway-NorthWest at Frankfurt (EDDF). Lufthansa has the youngest B747 in their fleet with the 747-800, what means that it has the latest 747-8 Dreamliner update. Most of the Asian operators have them stored partlywise. The jumbo will stay a populair plane and some older planes will be converted to Cargoplanes. They will stay in service for a long time. Cargolux and Atlas Air have brandnew 747-8 Dreamliner Cargo-planes. So, we'll meet The 'Queen of Skies' for a long time.

The production of B747 will stop in 2022.

Written at Oss, 2021-09-27
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