Singapore Airlines has decided not to keep the first A380 it leased, once the 10 year contract expires. It was the launch customer for the two-deck jet in 2007.
A Singapore Airlines spokesperson said: “Our first five A380s are on 10-year leases, with options to extend. The first expires in October 2017, and we have decided not to extend it. “For the other four, decisions will be made later.”
But they added the airline had orders for five separate A380s with Airbus, which will start being delivered in the second half of 2017. Analysts say that big aircraft like the A380 and Boeing’s 747 series are no more desirable as they used to be. Smaller jets can be more profitable as they are easier to fill and are cheaper to operate, analysts say.