Small cracks recently found on wing components of A380 super-jumbo aircraft pose no safety risks, Qantas and Singapore Airlines said today.
The news comes after the aircraft model’s manufacturer, Toulouse-based Airbus, said on Thursday that tiny hairline cracks had been spotted on several A380s but said the issue would not affect the plane’s ability to fly normally nor would they pose any safety risks.
Following the announcement from the jet maker, two carriers utilising large numbers of A380s – Singapore Airlines and Qantas – reassured passengers that A380 flights were safe and that precautions were being taken.
A spokeswoman for the Australian carrier said on Friday that the cracking was “miniscule” and added that it was only found on one of the airline’s 10 A380s. She said that the plane was undergoing repairs in Singapore even though the issue entailed “no safety risks whatsoever”.
Likewise, Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman for Singapore Airlines told reporters today that the cracking, which according to reports is almost invisible to the naked eye, was found on two of the company’s 14 A380s. He added that repairs had already been made on the two planes.
The Qantas jet that had been repaired due to the cracking is the same aircraft that experienced an engine failure after takeoff from Singapore in late 2010, but officials say the two events are unrelated.
Meanwhile, Steve Purvinas, head of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), said his organisation was calling for additional inspections of all A380 jets to ensure structural stability. The ALAEA was one of three labour unions that for months had locked horns with Qantas after the company announced in August a restructuring plan that included job losses and moving the carrier’s international focus to Asia.