Airbus A380 Problems at Qantas


The Australian Qantas Airways is the third airline to operate the Airbus A380 doubledecker aircraft, but the first one to be forced to temporarily withdraw all three of its A380 fleet from service.

On 2nd of March, 2009 Qantas had no A380s in service for a short period of time – all 3 aircraft having to be removed from operations due to unrelated fuel system problems. The first mega-jumbo of the Australian airline (named Nancy-Bird Walton) had technical troubles back in Sydney on Saturday (February 28) when it was delayed 19 hours (!) before taking off for London Heathrow. On the return trip, the aircraft suffered a fuel leak and passengers were transferred to a Boeing 747-400 – 12 hours later. Engineers in London fixed the fuel leak and the A380 was back in service by late Tuesday.

2 Qantas Airbus A380s - photo by David Morrell - Avid Creations - on Airliners.net

The other two A380s (pictured here above) had a different fuel system issue and were removed from service at the same time. Qantas has stated that two A380s were declared unserviceable with a ‘”fuel tank indication system problem”. They also returned to service on Tuesday after the fixes were made in Sydney. According to ATWOnline, “the issue related to the Fuel Quantity Indicating System (FQIS) and some microbiological contamination, which resulted in faulty FQIS readings.”

The introduction of the Airbus A380 is still referred to as the best entry into service of any aircraft with Australia’s national airline.

Since entering service in October 2007, the 13 A380s flying with Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas have flown 31,750 hours and 3,300 revenue flights, with 97.8% leaving on time. There were only a few, minor incidents earlier at Singapore Airlines.

by balint01

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6 Responses to “Airbus A380 Problems at Qantas”


  1. 1 Dave Gregory September 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Why the hell would the A380 take such problems?

    • 2 Nicolas July 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      Because it’s man made.

  2. 3 paulino fer June 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

    that is marbelous to fly in such of maching

  3. 4 diana September 8, 2011 at 12:45 am

    It is truly amazing that something so large and heavy (with people, luggage & fuel) can fly so high and long! I bit scarry when you think of all the combined weight! But it is a beautiful looking plane.

  4. 5 divebomber January 19, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I’ve worked on the A380 for 4 years in Toulouse (France) and am amazed by it every time I see it. Sure there are Technical issues related to the Fuel system and many other little snags have grounded the aircraft (AOG) but on the whole the reliability rate is impressive. Of course Quantas used Boeing 747 when the A380 was grounded, nothing else would carry that many passengers. It’s not perfect, it’s expensive and hard to service but the A380 was a project of demand before passion. It uses Electrical systems & components not seen in Aviation before and really sets the standard for future Aircraft. Remember the Boeing 747 was nearly 2 years late for it’s first delivery, conveniently forgotten (albeit 40 years ago) by Boeing when slating the A380. If you’ve never seen one, go see an A380 up close… you will be amazed, I promise…


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