A380 wing issues resurface: EASA issues directive

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The first 25 in service A380’s are once again the subject of another wing issue. This time the outer surfaces of the rear wing spars have been found to have small cracks.

All of the aircraft must be tested and repairs made before the aircraft reach 15 years of age.

According to the delivery list below, at least two of the aircraft are already being broken up (003 and 005), while 004 is in the Air and Space museum in Toulouse.

006 – is owned by HiFly, 10 are Emirates – but 6 of them are unlikely to see out their 15 years with the airline as the longest lease is 12 years, 4 more are owned so will likely need attention. Three SIA aircraft are already in storage post-lease termination and 5 belong to Qantas, which is probably the most heavily impacted airline as it owns them and will have to do the work.

This is the second time the same group of aircraft have been affected by wing issues, having already had massive work to the main root spars that took as long as six months to fix on each aircraft during 2012-14, and is said to have cost Airbus over $1 billion in work and compensation.

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