Qantas A380 Returns to LAX After a Water Leak Floods Aisles

Qantas A380, flight QF94 bound to Melbourne – Australia, returned to Los Angeles this morning at 2:40 am after a water pipe started leaking heavily on the passenger cabin One Twitter report from a passenger described the leak as a “river of water running down the aisles”.

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The flight returned to Los Angeles about an hour after departure. The flightcrew informed ATC about the heavy water leak they were experiencing on board the aircraft. The cabin crew did everything they could to help the passengers, including moving those to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.

Qantas announced early today about the event:
“We’re providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologize to customers for the inconvenience. There was no safety of flight concerns with the water leak; however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault.”

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Capt. Ivan

Photos:  Twitter

Flying Reimagined, The Residence – By Etihad

Etihad has released a reimagined way of traveling – The Residence by Etihad.

Join our Guest Ambassador, Dannii Minogue as she takes you on a tour of The Residence, the only three-room suite in the sky!

Designed for up to two guests travelling together, the Residence, is available on the Etihad Airbus 380, features a living room, separate bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

Asiana Airlines’ first Airbus A380 performs its maiden flight

A380_Asiana_landing_02Asiana Airlines’ first A380 has successfully completed its maiden flight. The A380 flew on Friday from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France to the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany, where it will undergo painting and cabin furnishing.

Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its primary routes from Seoul to the US.

Source:  Airbus – Press Release

Airbus is Dissapointed with Airbus 380 Sales

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Airbus has fallen short of expectations with sales of its flagship A380 aircraft, but is expecting a recovery as the Superjumbo becomes more popular with airlines flying long-haul routes.

Tom Enders, the chief executive of the European plane-maker’s parent EADS, said in Sydney today that the company was not content with the level of sales of the A380, which had been impacted by the global economic slowdown and the discovery of tiny cracks in the wings of the planes early last year.

Airbus was forced to carry out fixes to the worldwide fleet of Superjumbos, which are flown by airlines including Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. 

The repair bill amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.

The European plane-maker has now delivered 111 of the double-decker aircraft to 10 airlines, and has an order backlog totaling about 150 aircraft.

‘‘While we cannot be happy with the sales level that we have today … [Airbus expects it to] recover and it will be a great instrument, particularly for airlines on long-distance and hub-to-hub routes,

Mr. Enders said the trend was for airlines to favor larger aircraft such as the A380, particularly as more air routes and airports became congested. 

He also emphasized that Airbus was committed to growing its business in Australia, although he called on the government to create more incentives for research and development.

‘‘One thing is clear, we are here to stay. We want to build on this,’’ he told the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney today.

Source:  Sydney Morning Herald

Photo:  Airbus



British Airways -Take a tour of our A380 – Video

British Airways Senior First Officer Peter Nye takes you on an exclusive tour of one of our new A380 aircraft.

Discover the four travel cabins available as well as taking a look at the flight deck and learning about the technical wonders of the largest aircraft in our fleet.

British Airways collect first A380 from Airbus

British Airways, Rolls Royce and Airbus staff all enjoy the short flight to London Heathrow Airport to deliver the first Airbus A380 Super Jumbo to the UK carrier.

The latest aircraft to join the BA fleet will begin flights to Los Angeles in September and Hong Kong in October.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A380 Super Jumbos to the fleet, joining our new 787 aircraft”.

British Airways’ A380 airliner will accommodate 469 customers across four cabins. Passengers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class with 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage.

Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin.

The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck.

Customers travelling in both World Traveller and World Traveller Plus will be able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on the BA 777-300ER fleet.

ATSB – Releases Final Report into Qantas A380 Engine Failure

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released the final report of its investigation into the uncontained engine failure involving a Qantas Airbus A380 over Batam Island, Indonesia on 4 November 2010. 

The accident occurred shortly after the aircraft took off from Singapore. At about 7,000 ft above Batam Island, one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines failed, sending debris into the aircraft’s left wing and fuselage, and onto Batam Island. There was significant damage to the aircraft’s electrical, hydraulic and other systems. The crew managed the multitude of system failures before safely returning and landing the aircraft.

The ATSB found that the engine failure was the result of a fatigue crack in an oil feed pipe. The crack allowed the release of oil that resulted in an internal oil fire. The oil fire led to one of the engine’s turbine discs separating from the drive shaft. The disc then over-accelerated and broke apart, bursting through the engine casing and releasing other high energy debris.

The ATSB also found that the oil pipe, together with a number of similar pipes in other engines, had been made with a thin wall section and did not comply with the design specifications. The thin wall substantially increased the likelihood of fatigue cracking.

The ATSB, Rolls-Royce, aviation regulators, and operators of Trent 900-powered A380s took a range of steps to ensure that engines with incorrectly manufactured oil feed stub pipes were removed from service or managed to enable the aircraft to continue to operate safely.

Rolls-Royce also introduced software that would automatically shut down a Trent 900 engine before its turbine disc over speeds, in the unlikely event of a similar occurrence. As well, Rolls-Royce had improved their quality management system and management of non-conforming parts.

Read the ATSB investigation report AO-2010-089

MP3 audio of media conference 27 June 2013

Source:  ATSB – Media release

 

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