TOULOUSE – Tarmac Aerosave, a company specializing in aircraft storage, maintenance and dismantling, on Feb. 19 received a second Airbus A380 at its Tarbes, France facility for storage.
The aircraft, registered 9V-SKB, bears serial number MSN005. It entered service early in 2008 with Singapore Airlines, which has just returned it to its owner, German-based lessor Dr. Peters. It flew on Feb. 9 from Singapore.
It is being stored “in flight-ready condition,” meaning Dr. Peters is looking for a new operator. Storage in flight-ready condition enables a return to service in two or three days but the aircraft will receive a new livery and a new cabin interior before it flies with a different airline. Tarmac has a contract to store another two Dr. Peters-owned A380s, bringing the total of ex-Singapore Airlines A380s to be stored in Tarbes to four.
Tarmac anticipates more demand for A380 storage. The type's size and weight require specific handling and the company has built suitable facilities – nine outdoor parking areas and one hangar – in Tarbes. There, it plans to add nine outdoor parking areas by 2020.
At its second location in Teruel, Spain, Tarmac can already accommodate “many more” A380s on outdoor areas, thanks to the site's dimensions, the company says. Two A380-size hangars will be built by 2020. Hangars are needed for long-term storage, which requires regular landing gear testing.
Airbus is one of Tarmac's shareholder. Late this year, the manufacturer is to start retrofitting the passenger cabins of 14 Singapore Airlines A380s.