The parts of the last Airbus A380 superjumbo left the factory of Montoir-de-Bretagne, in western France, for the outskirts of Toulouse where the final assembly will take place. The delivery of the aircraft should take place in 2021.

On their way, the gigantic fuselage sections will travel by land, sea, and river, in order to cross the 500 kilometers that separate the factory of Montoir-de-Bretagne, in Loire Atlantique, to the Airbus factory in Blagnac, Haute-Garonne.

On June 5, 2020, the 9.50-meter high and 8-meter wide nose of the plane and part of the middle section left by land to reach the harbor of Saint Nazaire, where they were loaded on a special boat that transported them to Pauillac, near Bordeaux. From there, they will go up the Gironde river on a barge to the city of Langon, where they will slowly continue by road to their final destination in Blagnac. They are expected to reach the Airbus factory on June 25, 2020.

The last aircraft will be assembled and delivered in 2021. Emirates, the aircraft’s biggest operator, is also the last customer with deliveries still pending.

A marriage that seemed perfect from the outside ended abruptly on February 14, 2019, when Emirates reduced its initial Airbus A380 order. Now, the airline is looking at the possibility of taking up even fewer A380s than it has on order.

Since Airbus announced the end of the program on February 14, 2019, the superjumbo saw its retirement accelerated by the coronavirus crisis. Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) and Air France retired their A380 fleet permanently. With 20% to 25% more fuel per seat than the latest generation long-haul aircraft, the near-future of the superjumbo is compromised.

When the Airbus A380 took off for the first time on April 27, 2005, the whole world was watching. Some were probably wondering if this giant, the largest civilian aircraft ever built, could even leave the ground.