Airbus A380 Problems Continue

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.


  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.

      • 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.

    • Really.??, see how many Boeing crash, and count how many airbus.
      By comfort and security, i always look for airbus planes when travel, and long journeys always a380.

  2. Boeing is crap everyone knows. They maximise capacity.,Bit like the republicans double standard… The one thing airbus does is passenger comfort,, their overall safety record second to none.. So please leave your comments to yourself.

  3. Having worked in the aircraft world my whole life (nearly 50 years) with 18 of them at Airbus, including working in the design and EIS of the A380, I find it amusing to read the dumb ass comments from people who have not a clue about aviation, aircraft, or how the industry works. Aircraft develop faults every, from the moment they enter into service until the day they are retired. Both Airbus and Boeing are dedicated to producing safe, reliable and cost effective aircraft to the operators. The competition between them only drives them to produce better aircraft for the operators and passengers. This ‘I’d never fly Boeing’ or ‘ I’d never fly Airbus’ is complete infantile rubbish.

  4. They’re both safe, now Boeing has fixed the MAX’s uncommanded pitch-ups and the 787’s battery fire risks (shielding). The next major event will be a US ATC caused runway collision, not aircraft induced. That said, I still don’t trust the 787 fire risk, and in any case, I find the A350 a far more comfortable long haul aircraft. I always sleep well on those. Zzzz….goodnight all…

  5. In every flight I am more relaxed when the plane is made by Airbus!! A more reliable company in all aspects. The statistics prove it.


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