Post by a380fanclub on Nov 19, 2013 22:05:04 GMT 1
We at A380 fanclub asked Singapore Airlines what kind of check 9V-SKA was in: was it a D-check or just a C-check? This is the reply we got:
'Just to clarify that for the A380, Airbus had done away with the 'letter checks' i.e. checks A, C and D. Instead, the scheduled maintenance checks are denoted by fixed intervals of 24 months, namely 24-month check, 48-month check, 72-month check, etc. And every third of these scheduled checks entails more extensive maintenance than the preceding two checks.
In other words, the A380 undergoes a heavy check every 2 years. And every 6 years, we have a 'super-heavy' check (for lack of a better term), and some equate this to the D check. To avoid confusion and for consistency with industry terminology, we refer to the scheduled maintenance as 24-month, 48-month, etc, checks.
9V-SKA was in the hangar from end July 2013 for its 6-year check. During this hangar visit, the Wing Rib Modification was also completed in compliance with the requirement of the European Aviation and Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive.'
Singapore Airlines flight SQ317 from London to Singapore diverted to Baku, Azerbaijan due to cabin depressurisation. Oxygen masks were deployed and the aircraft landed safely. There were no injuries to the 467 passengers and 27 crew on board. Passengers on board reported hearing a decompression noise, along with claims that a door seal on the front door was damaged.
According to BBC, an SQ spokesman said the door was checked by technicians at Heathrow without finding anything. Because it's this particular aircraft, I expect we're going to hearing quite a bit about it.
Media reports on Wednesday February 5 2014 about an A380 grounded, after scratches were found on the fuselage. It happened to flight Singapore Airlines SQ25 on Sunday Feb 2. On landing in Frankfurt scratches on the fuselage were discovered. Reports don't mention the exact place. After inspection the plane was allowed to continue home, albeit 23 hour delayed. The aircraft arrived on Feb 4. Checking Flightradar, I found out it has been 9V-SKT, operating the New York-Frankfurt-Singapore leg. The Singapore Straits Times has unconfirmed reports that SKT might have hit the aerobridge when on pushback at JFK.