Monday, September 08, 2008

Emirates A380 grounded in Dubai

Emirates A380In late July, Emirates Airline took delivery of its first Airbus A-380 'superjumbo' aircraft, and immediately put it into service on the Dubai - New York route. The inaugural flight of the Emirates A380 took place on August 1, 2008. Now, just weeks after its launch, the huge double-decker passenger aircraft has been grounded by the Dubai-based carrier for at least a week.

Late last week, an article in the Arabian Business said that Emirates removed the plane from service because "scheduled engineering on the airline’s only operating A380 is taking longer than expected." Today an article about the grounding of the Emirates A380 on Flight International mentioned "unspecified electrical issues." More from Flight International:
The Dubai-based airline is not expecting to return the aircraft to flight operations until at least 12 September.

Engineers are working on an "electrical issue", says a spokesperson for the carrier, which was "noticed at the end of a training mission when the aircraft was parked in front of the hangars". The aircraft remains parked in Dubai.
Emirates is using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Dubai-JFK route until the issues with the A380 are resolved.

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