First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts • The Register:
"On October 25th, 2007 Singapore Airlines flight SQ380 departed Changi Airport bound for Sydney, Australia, marking the first commercial flight of the Airbus A380.
But the plane that made that flight won’t ever take to the air again and will instead be broken up for parts.
...“The main reason … is that many airlines currently using the A380-800 will have a high demand for individual replacement components due to upcoming maintenance intervals,” ...
Dr Peters CEO Anselm Gehling said “The market for the A380-800 aircraft type has not developed positively in recent years.”
...But the future looks grim for the plane.
Boeing will soon just-about-match its capacity with the 777x, challenging the A380’s selling point as the ideal plane for super-busy airports where landing slots are scarce..."