Many pilgrims go to Lourdes for rejuvenation and healing. It has not worked the same way for two former Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s.
At Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE) the first two A380s are facing a sad end to their relatively short airline careers.
The first two Airbus A380s (9V-SKA msn 003 and 9V-SKB msn 005, above) to enter airline service are now being scrapped out at the airport. This work started a few weeks ago.
9V-SKA was delivered to Singapore Airlines on October 15, 2007 and ushered in the first A380 service between Singapore and Sydney on October 25, 2007.
Both aircraft were flown to the airport initially for storage and now parting out. The decision was made after there was no secondary market for these two oldest A380s.
In addition, the former Singapore Airlines 9V-SKD and 9V-SKE have also joined the storage site.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from France.
Copyright Photos: Javier Rodriguez.