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Video: Watch moment Singapore A380 leaves Alice Springs

written by Adam Thorn | February 24, 2021

Australian Aviation has found footage apparently showing the moment the Singapore Airlines A380 escaped the Alice Springs boneyard for freedom on Monday morning.

The video, first uploaded on a Russian social media page, comes days after our exclusive revealing how 9V-SKQ would be fitted with a new cabin allowing it to eventually return to service.


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The Airbus A380-841, 9V-SKQ msn 079, departed Alice Springs at 10:03am as flight SQ8896 and landed in Sydney at 3:07pm, where it will undergo checks following it being ‘thawed out’ from its spell in the desert.


The carrier, the launch customer for the double-decker, is set to retire seven of its A380s but crucially keep 12 in service.

It comes despite speculation the aircraft is nearing the end of its time in the skies, globally. Most notably, in May last year Air France retired its entire fleet, while Airbus has already begun suspending production.

Comments (4)

  • Marum


    Wow! What are the dimensions of that strip. Obviously fairly narrow. I assume this was a minimum fuel takeoff. What was the next stop for a top up. More details please.

    Great footage….Marum.

  • Marum


    PS more pictures too. If there are any. What a huge brute of an aircraft. The 747 was big buy lovably ugly. I still prefer four-engined aircraft, for long, over ocean hops, despite what the experts tell us. Don’t quote the figures to me. I already know ’em….Marum.

  • Just a short sector of 2 and a half hours SE to Sydney SYD. And of course no payload on board. It looks like 9V-SKQ was airborne in about two thirds of the available length of the ASP runway.

  • Sarah


    The beloved Queen of the skies lasted a lot longer than the double decker bus !

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