Friday, June 22, 2012

► SOUTH AFRICA: Emirates again postpones A380's return to Johannesburg over wing crack concerns.

[UPDATE 30 AUGUST 2012] Emirates (EK), the Dubai based megacarrier, reports that repairs to the wings of its fleet of Airbus A380s is likely to cost at least USD$100million and will have far reaching consequences on its operations in the months to come.

Amongst the routes affected include Dubai - Johannesburg, South Africa, originally scheduled to have its A380 service restarted from 1 October onwards, but due to the aforementioned problems, will now only receive them from 1 December 2012.

Emirates A380
Emirates Airbus A380 (Emirates)
Emirates: Dubai, UAE - Johannesburg, South Africa

  • EK761 DXB0440 – 1050JNB 77W D
  • EK763 DXB1015 – 1625JNB 77W D
  • EK765 DXB1440 – 2050JNB 77W D

  • EK762 JNB1400 – 0010+1DXB 77W D
  • EK764 JNB1915 – 0515+1DXB 77W D
  • EK766 JNB2220 – 0820+1DXB 77W D
Read More Here [Airline Route]

The cracks issue, discovered earlier this year, resulted from the use of a material known as '7449' that was used in A380 wing rib feet construction. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive, extended to all in-service A380s, ordering mandatory inspections of the wing ribs.

►[UPDATE 30 AUGUST 2012] See this post: ► SOUTH AFRICA: Emirates cancels intended A380 service return to Johannesburg.