What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

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.”

The manufacturer said that at EIS modern technologies and operational experience with previous models gave the “highest maintenance intervals ever for a new aircraft”.

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