Superjumbo launched in 2007 to be parked at remote French airport – but hotly anticipated major order could end woe

One of the first A380s to take to the skies a decade ago will be taken out of service in a remote French airport next week, as the manufacturer Airbus hopes for a major order to allay doubts over its superjumbo’s long-term future.

An A380 launched by Singapore Airlines in 2007 will be parked at Tarbes airport in the Pyrenees by its owner, a German aircraft leasing company. According to Bloomberg, the firm will rent out the plane’s engines while it searches for an operator to take over from Singapore Airlines, raising the possibility that an aircraft that costs $432m straight off the production line could be scrapped.

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