Published on July 14th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Date for Next Airbus A380 for Knock

As we reported in February, up to four former Air France Airbus A380’s are to be Scrapped in Knock. The date for the next A380 is planned for 12th of August, although like the first aircraft, this is highly likely to change and we will endeavour to bring you the latest updates as we get them. The aircraft is expected to be F-HPJD which positioned to Malta from Paris CDG on 12th July to be painted all white in advance of being returned to its lessor. The first aircraft, F-HPJB, was also repainted at Malta prior to retirement although continued to operate for Air France for another few weeks in all white colours.

Air France had planned to retire all 10 of its A380’s by the end of 2022 however since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, their retirement has been brought forward and all have now ceased passenger services.

Knock has processed a number of aircraft for scrap recently. On 1st July former SAS Boeing 737-76N SE-REY flew into the airport for scrapping by EirTrade. And today, two Iberia Express Airbus A320s (EC-MCB and EC-MBU) also arrived for scrapping.

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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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