This is the moment YouTuber Warren Scale caught on camera the first of four Singapore Airlines A380s landing at Alice Springs.
The aircraft joins six MAX 8s and 13 other narrow-body aircraft currently stored in the NT desert.
The larger SIA group has grounded 138 out of 147 aircraft around the world, including 19 A380s. The majority of the airline’s fleet is lying low at Singapore’s Changi Airport, including planes from its low-cost subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot units.
Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage, which oversees the Alice Springs site, has welcomed aircraft for nearly a decade.
Director Tom Vincent told the ABC, “It’s quite a process to put the aircraft into storage, (but) once the storage induction check is complete, we’ll then start carrying out the periodic checks every week.
“We’re here to keep the aircraft in a nearly flight-ready condition, and then return them back to service.”