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Old March 7th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #6141
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And as the wingcracks are being fixed the next wing issues are already resulting in more checks.

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Airbus orders more frequent A380 wing fatigue checks

(Reuters) - Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA) has ordered more frequent inspections of the wings of the world's largest passenger jet after discovering unexpected levels of metal fatigue during testing on an A380 factory mock-up, industry sources said on Thursday.

The planemaker has asked airlines to inspect the wing's "spars" or main internal beams during regular major overhauls carried out after six years in service, and then again at 12 years, instead of waiting for the 12-year overhaul, they said.

The move comes as Airbus emerges from a painful two-year program of modifications and hundreds of millions of euros of financial charges triggered by the discovery of cracks on brackets inside the wings of A380 jets already flying.
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No fix is needed for now, but airlines will not be liking the extra downtime.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #6142
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No fix is needed for now, but airlines will not be liking the extra downtime.
Especially Emirates.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #6143
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I blame the British for the problems! They make the wings so it´s their resposibility.

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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #6144
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I blame the British for the problems! They make the wings so it´s their resposibility.
What, all of them? I haven't seen any root cause analysis (pardon the pun) but I dare say those boys won't take it personally!
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #6145
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And as the wingcracks are being fixed the next wing issues are already resulting in more checks.

No fix is needed for now, but airlines will not be liking the extra downtime.
There will be no additional downtime, the visual inspections can be carried out during the heavy maintenance check due every six years.

Tom Enders today explained the fatigue issue was discovered on a test frame after simulating three times the expected life time of an A380 airframe and should therefore never occur in real life. The inspections are a precaution, nothing more.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 03:24 AM   #6146
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Old March 8th, 2014, 05:14 AM   #6147
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This aircraft (A380) is a thing of beauty
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Old March 8th, 2014, 07:41 AM   #6148
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There will be no additional downtime, the visual inspections can be carried out during the heavy maintenance check due every six years.

Tom Enders today explained the fatigue issue was discovered on a test frame after simulating three times the expected life time of an A380 airframe and should therefore never occur in real life. The inspections are a precaution, nothing more.
Extra inspections mean extra downtime. Even if it doesn't mean more maintenance checks it still means that the regular ones will take longer. Even if it only has to be done once in 6 years. For an airline like Emirates with so many A380s it still means that these inspections will have to be done continuously.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #6149
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Extra inspections mean extra downtime. Even if it doesn't mean more maintenance checks it still means that the regular ones will take longer. Even if it only has to be done once in 6 years. For an airline like Emirates with so many A380s it still means that these inspections will have to be done continuously.
A visual inspection on those beams will hardly cause additional delays because they can be completed within the scheduled downtime.

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Even if it only has to be done once in 6 years.
The A380 is due for a "very heavy maintenance" interval every 6 years, you can compare it the D-check on older generation jets. The jet will be stripped down and fatigue checks are done anyway, Airbus is just asking to keep an extra eye out for fatigue cracks on the internal wing beams.

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Old March 9th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #6150
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5th A380 destined for BA
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Old March 9th, 2014, 06:44 AM   #6151
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DOH-LHR will be the 1st A380 route...
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...nk-routes.html

Appears their A380's will go to Europe.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 01:43 PM   #6153
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Old March 11th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #6156
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Old March 11th, 2014, 11:02 AM   #6157
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China Airlines Boeing 747-400 and Air France Airbus A380-800 @ LAX - June 27, 2012
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Old March 11th, 2014, 12:33 PM   #6158
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Airbus A380 is definitely bigger, but Boeing 747-400 is prettier
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If Kingfisher Airline was in operation today and taken the delivery of A380 and A350 in 2016 they would look cool in Kingfisher Airline livery but sad it ceased operation because of financial conditions of owner. and
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Can some of you guys tell me what is this hole in the tail of the 380? I'm curious to know.



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