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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

Ledswinger Silver badge

They're more than just a little overweight.

I'd also guess that the lease costs, resale value assumptions, and in-service reliability were an issue.

But there's nothing unusual about this - it is pretty normal for "mid-life" aircraft to be worth more for their engines and transferrable high value parts than as a complete unit, with the airframe being broken up for scrap when the engines and mechanicals have gone.

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