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Air France to ditch its entire fleet of Airbus A380

Christian Fernsby |
Air France has announced plans to ditch its entire fleet of 10 Airbus A380s in the latest blow to the future of the world's largest passenger plane.

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Topics: AIR FRANCE    AIRBUS    A380   

Last year the airline said it would not renew the leases on five of its 10 "superjumbos", but that five others would be renovated at a cost of around $US45 million ($A67 million) per aircraft. Now it has scrapped the upgrades and will retire all 10 jets by 2022.

The travails of the A380, which can hold more than 600 passengers in a two-class seating configuration, have become something of an aviation soap opera in recent years. The model was launched to much fanfare in 2005 with many declaring it the future of air travel.

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