Published on February 10th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Up to Four Airbus A380’s to be Scrapped in Knock

Update, Thursday 20th February at 0750L. The Airbus A380 F-HPJB is filed into Knock this afternoon at 1555L from Dresden as the AFR373S. Please monitor the flight tracking websites for up to date details.

The latest information we have is that the A380 will not arrive on Friday 14th as originally planned due to some regulatory issues. An updated date is not available at present but we’ll do our best to update this post when we receive more information or when a flight plan is filed for the flight.

The first batch of Airbus A380’s have started to be retired after just over 10 years in service. Air France retired their first one, F-HPJB, in December and plan to retire their remaining nine A380’s before the end of 2022. F-HPJB was painted all white in early December in Malta before returning briefly to the Air France fleet. It completed its last flight on 31st December 2019 flying from Shanghai to Paris. It then positioned to Dresden where it was returned to its lessor, the Dr. Peters Group. Return to lessor test flights were completed on 2nd/3rd of January out of Dresden. This morning it positioned from Dresden to Leipzig and it is expected to fly to Ireland West Airport Knock this Friday 14th February. This date has already been delayed twice (most likely Storm Ciara related) and is subject to change.

While scrapping an Airbus A380 at Knock might seem far-fetched, it is completely within the capability of EirTrade Aviation who are based at the airport on the Western Apron. The company specialise in airframe disassembly for the following aircraft types: A380, A340, A330, A321, A320, A319, B777, B757, B737/3/4/5, MD83, ATR72-212A. See video below.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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