A380 Grounded With Fuel Problems


Singapore Airlines said Tuesday an A380 superjumbo flight was canceled due to a fuel pump defect, the first major technical glitch to ground the world’s largest passenger jet.

The carrier said the fuel pump problem was detected when the plane’s engine was started ahead of departure Monday night on a flight from Singapore to Sydney.

“Airbus and our own engineers have dedicated teams to try to address these issues quickly, but last night’s fuel pump defect took much longer to fix,” Singapore Airlines said in an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press.

The airline said it had to switch to using a Boeing 747-400, which seats fewer people than the Airbus jet, because a replacement of the fuel pump failed to solve the problem. The company’s second A380 could not be used as it was undergoing maintenance.

Source: AP

By Szafi

 

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5 Responses to “A380 Grounded With Fuel Problems”


  1. 1 achraf February 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    While singapore received it s first A380 for an order of 17 i wrote that this was a great mistake from the management to order such a great number of planes and i stated it was facing a lot of problems.
    Balint almost convinced me with his reply but i still had little doubt .Today i m convinced that my vision was right or at least better than the singapore decision makers .Worst when i heard that it s a boeing 747 that saved the situation with Less seats but more security and effeciency .
    The second being under maintenance prove that these machines will spend more time in hangar than in the sky .
    Can we deduce that the time for launching the A380 has not arrived yet ???.
    ” think a thousand times is better that one scissor s cut “To any other airline company this proveb will really help .

  2. 2 szafi February 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Well, being the first using any innovative technology is always risky.
    It is always better to learn from others’ mistakes and be a follower.
    But somewhere somebody always has to be first. 🙂

  3. 3 balint01 February 25, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    A quick quote from last week’s Singapore Air Show:

    “(Airbus) expects to have 14 A380s flying by the end of 2008, with Emirates and Qantas getting their first aircraft by summer at which point Singapore Airlines will have six.”

    SIA having six A380’s by the summer means they will be able to rotate another one in for situations like the above one.

    And to react to Achraf, we don’t have information of what it actually meant “the second was undergoing maintenance”. Whether if it was undergoing regular, daily checks, or as part of a maintenance training maybe, or actually had some real issues. I can also imagine that as these are still early stages of the operation of the A380, as a safety precaution when they identified this fuel problem on plane A, they immediately started inspection on plane B and that’s why it was in maintenance.

    But I don’t think we should conclude that the time for launching the A380 into commercial service has not arrived yet. I personally experienced similar situation when flying with a Lufthansa A320, that we started and taxied to the runway, but then they realiyzed a technical problem and we rolled back to the terminal and had the plane replaced. Such things can happen with any aircraft, it’s not the uniqueness of the A380 – but it’s much more publicized than anything else. 🙂

  4. 4 Dex March 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    well well well…i think airbus has to focus more its airbus 380

  5. 5 krishna March 5, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Whenever somebody starts new things, there will be one or the other glitches to deal with. As Dex said Airbus has to focus more its airbus 380.


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