AviationAirlines told to inspect wings for cracks on older A380s.

Superjumbo needs a health check, but there’s no panic

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Singapore Airlines is inspecting the wings of its older A380s.

Based on production records, nine are with Emirates, six are with Singapore Airlines, six are with Qantas, two are with Air France, one is with Lufthansa and one is with Hi Fly.

Airlines – including Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates  will have the wings of their A380 aircraft inspected after Airbus detected small cracks on early production models of the superjumbo jet.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered Airbus to examine the 25 oldest A380s in operation, with concerns cracks on part of the outer wing could reduce their integrity if not repaired.

Airbus said the issue did not affect the airworthiness or safety of A380s in service.

Based on production records, nine are with Emirates, six are with Singapore Airlines, six are with Qantas, two are with Air France, one is with Lufthansa and one is with Hi Fly.

A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Channel News Asia the airline was working through the inspections.

Qantas said it was conducting the necessary checks well in advance of the required timeframes “and there were no concerns with the structural integrity of the wing”.

Meanwhile, Airbus is set to overtake Boeing as the world’s biggest planemaker as the US company reported a slump in deliveries of new commercial jet airliners following two fatal crashes involving its best-selling 737 MAX.

Boeing’s 239 commercial plane deliveries in the first half of the year represented a 37% fall from 378 in the same period last year. Rival Airbus has reported 389 deliveries in the first half, up 28% on the same period last year, and is on track to overtake Boeing for the first time in seven years.


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