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Surplus Singapore Air A380s Set for Paint Shop to Lure Users

  • Asian airline has option to hand back first five superjumbos
  • Owners draw up refurbishment plans, explore second-hand demand
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Aircraft-leasing firm Doric is preparing to take back five Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos from Singapore Airlines Ltd. starting next year, in a move that would be the first test of second-hand demand for the world’s biggest jetliner.

While Singapore Air hasn’t officially decided to return the planes, London-based Doric and fellow owner Dr. Peters Fund KG of Germany are preparing for their possible refurbishment, reserving time in paint shops and exploring the availability of hundreds of replacement seats.