Tarbes - On February 9, Europe's biggest aircraft storage company Tarmac Aerosave welcomed the second Airbus A380 on its storage site in Tarbes, France. Like the first, the aircraft was previously operated by Singapore Airlines.
The A380 MSN005 (9V-SKB) landed at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyréenés airport on February 9, in the afternoon, after a 13 hours 32 minutes flight from Singapore, according to Flightradar24 data. Before its departure, the superjumbo was painted white, as it is the rule for a plane in transition.
The MSN005 was the second A380 delivered to Singapore Airlines ten years ago, on January 11, 2008. The first A380 (9V-SKA, MSN003) had joined the Singapore fleet a few months earlier, on October 15, 2007. It is stored in Tarbes since November 13, 2017.
Tarmac Aerosave, a subsidiary of Airbus, Safran, and Suez, had anticipated growth in the storage need for large aircraft. The Tarbes aircraft parks have been enlarged since the beginning of 2017, to maintain its position as the largest European storage site. This business accounts for 80% of Tarmac Aerosave's
business, alongside maintenance and dismantling services of the company.
Singapore Airlines will replace its first five A380s with the new models with new cabin layout. The first four are owned by Dr.Peters Group while the fifth is owned by Doric Corporation.