A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKE performing flight SQ-866 from Singapore (Singapore) to Hong Kong (China) with 263 passengers, was climbing out of Singapore when the crew received an indication for a cargo door, stopped the climb at FL280 and returned to Singapore for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure.
A replacement Airbus A380-800 registration 9V-SKI reached Hong Kong with a delay of 4 hours.
The airline stated engineers are troubleshooting why the cargo door warning came on.
Post by a380fanclub on May 18, 2018 15:52:50 GMT 1
SKE seems to have been retired from service. She did her last registered service on April 23 from Hong Kong. Singapore confirmed in its FY2017/18 press release on may 17 that it would retire one more A380 from service.
MSN 003, 005, 008 (ex. 9V-SKD) and 010 are from Dr. Peters Group funds (DS Aviation GmbH) and go to Tarbes.
Months ago there was negotiations between Dr.Peters and Hifly but they didnt reach an agreement
MSN 006 (9V-SKC) goes to HiFly and belongs to funds managed by another company, Doric Asset Finance.
If there is a 2º A380 for Hifly in the future almost certainly will came from Doric's portfolio.
But contrary to what I said about MSN 010 (because of this article from Flightglobal) the 010 (9V-SKE/SQ #5) belongs to Doric, so it can be a good candidate for the 2nd Hifly A380, let's follow this frame situation in the coming months
MSN 001 Airbus
003 DS Aviation 9V-SKA Stored, Tarbes Lourdes Jun 2017
005 DS Aviation 9V-SKB Stored, Tarbes Lourdes Feb 2018
006 Doric 9V-SKC 9H-MIP Hifly, in service
008 DS Aviation 9V-SKD Stored, Tarbes Lourdes Jun 2018
010 Doric 9V-SKE Maintenance test flights 30 Aug 2018 to return lessor
Post by a380fanclub on Aug 31, 2018 12:57:00 GMT 1
At the Hi Fly press conference in Farnborough on July 19 I asked Mirpuri and Doric about the second A380 in the Hi Fly fleet. They replied that SKC/003 will be the sole in the fleet until April/May 2019 and denied that anything had been signed on SKD or any other frame. Which could all have been blabla and makes you wonder why SKE has been flying on August 30 in the first place.
Couldn't it be just a contract requirement that they prove that any of the leased aircraft is practically operational when returned to the lessor regardless of what happens afterwards with it? So a test flight would not indicate an imminent second use. Or the legal owner (Leasing company, bank, fund, subdivision etc.) changes behind the scenes and demands a check flight?
Yes, it' part of the contracts a maintance check before return them to lessor, and that involves test flights.
I called attention to this one not because of the test flight but because it's the 2nd from Doric.
All retired SK A380 made some test flights, 9V-SKA, 9V-SKB and 9V-SKD, before going to Tarbes, although I think 9V-SKC did more and took longer before the flight to Malta for Hifly. Maybe someone with a premium paid APP can check the flights archive of these models.
Anyway, it seems logical that Hifly wait to see how the low season runs with the first A380.