Airbus A380 Problems Continue

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Production on the Airbus A380 ended in 2021, earlier than the plane maker would’ve ideally wanted but signalled the shift in the industry.

As a result, the new age of the industry truly cemented its place with twin-engine planes reigning supreme, with despite production ending, the A380 still remains a piece in many airlines’ fleets, so recent talk of wing cracking has seen problems surrounding the plane persist.

Per Reuters and their latest report, Airbus will now bring some A380s home to their factory to inspect what is taking place on these wings and methods to fix it so operations can resume this niggling problem.

Notably, Emirates A380s will be sent to the 380s spiritual home as cracking only accelerates at the Dubai-based carrier, which they noticed while the pandemic took hold.

Towards the back of 2022, these cracking only made more headlines, but it was a problem Airbus said they’ve been aware of since 2019, before the pandemic.

While not an immediate safety risk, the idea of cracks impacting wings has the potential to hurt the overall integrity of the wing, which means even if that isn’t the case, it does require a thorough inspection and fixing.

There’s a strong importance on stopping the problem from re-emerging or hurting other units. Emirates isn’t a small operator of the A380, and it is fundamental to their long-haul flying from their hub in Dubai.

Only last month, Aviation Week reported that the Airbus A380 wing cracking had its core source identified with the heat and humidity being the catalyst.

Storing aircraft and returning them to service comes with risks. Airlines work closely with the airfields and more to store aircraft adequately.

This is always seen in our industry but was only heightened during the pandemic when airlines mass grounded widebodies and more.

While all measures can be taken to prevent any damage or something else, there is potential for something to happen and when in the case of a plane that already had a problem identified.

Thankfully despite all these operations, the A380 remains largely unaffected.

Daniel Fowkes
10 Jul 2023
· Aircraft 

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  1. Some 380’s were stored with their engines removed. If memory serves, one must place weights in their place to maintain a consistent load stress on the wing while stowed.

      1. Patently not borne out by AD statistics. Arguably the first passenger Boeing was built in 1928 and since then the number of Airworthiness Directives issued against Boeing has been exceeded 5 times over by the number of Airworthiness Directives issued against Airbus, their first passenger aircraft in service 1974.
        Aviation enthusiasts are able to subscribe (free of Charge) to FAA Airworthiness Directives and EASA ADs direct to their computers and the shower of almost daily ADs for Airbus (compared to Boeing) is one of the reasons that pilots are generally dubious about a generic type that has sold so well generally due to well documented price fixing.

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