Ben Smith Six Reasons Air France Is Retiring A380

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Ben Smith Air France A380 Problems

Air France will retire its Airbus A380 fleet ahead of schedule for at least six unique reasons.

In a wide-ranging interview with Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith, Skift’s Brian Sumers brought up Air France’s recent decision to retire the A380. Smith offered six reasons for the early retirement.

1. A380 Fleet is Too Small

Smith argued that with only 10 aircraft, delays or cancellations create an unnecessarily large burden. Without extra A380s sitting around, issues on full flights create a ripple effect since passengers cannot simply be transferred to another aircraft in most cases.

2. A380 is Operationally Unreliable

Smith called the A380 “the poorest performer from an operational perspective” blaming many delays and cancellations on the A380 itself.

3. Unplanned Heavy Maintenance Checks

Smith cited “unplanned” heavy maintenance checks on these aircrafts, noting that upcoming engine overhauls will cost €55

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