Ten years’ operational experience means Airbus can optimise A380 maintenance schedules. Ian Goold reveals the secrets of its success.


The size and complexity of the Airbus A380 means that no real third-party maintenance market has developed. Major airlines tend to have sophisticated capabilities in-house. AFI KLM E&M

Airbus promised A380 customers efficiencies and cost-savings by keeping the type out of the workshops for as long as possible, while still operating effectively and safely. Since entry into service (EIS) in October 2007 the company has continued to improve reliability, further reducing costs and keeping the aircraft available for revenue-earning duties.

A380 Programme head Alain Flourens said: “We have been continuously working to improve operations, facilitate maintenance, and increase profitability of the aircraft – in particular with an optimised cabin space. We are offering improved cabin layouts so [that] airlines can optimise revenues. Increased cabin flexibility also meets market needs.”

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