Airbus A380

March 19, 2012 - 4:00pm

The repair bill for wing cracks first discovered in January on the Airbus A380 will come to about $135.5 million, according to EADS, Airbus’ parent corporation. Initial safety reviews concluded only a few A380s might be affected.

February 27, 2012 - 5:49pm
Spairliners stores a component pool of 750 part numbers for A380 operators

Whatever other problems Qantas may have had as an early operator of the Airbus A380, it appears to be benefitting from a new approach to the potentially vexed task of managing spare parts supply.

February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a third hangar in Manila for work on widebody aircraft. LTP, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and the Philippine MacroAsia Corp., invested $30 million in the construction of the new 91,500-sq-ft hangar, which has a ceiling height of more than 100 feet, large enough for an Airbus A380. The new hangar offers space to work on one widebody and two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.

February 14, 2012 - 6:30pm

Rolls-Royce and Airbus are just about to start flight-testing the 84,000-pound-thrust Trent XWB engine for the A350XWB. Airbus’s A380 flying testbed (MSN 001) has already been fitted with the test engine and requisite instrumentation and is only waiting “for the weather in Europe to warm up a bit,” according to Rolls-Royce chief operating officer Mike Terrett.

February 14, 2012 - 7:30am
Wide-chord fan blades

The new Rolls-Royce factory in Singapore could be producing half of the company’s large commercial engines by the middle of this decade. The 1.65-million-sq-ft campus at Seletar Airport has cost more than $450 million to build, with some of the funding coming from the island republic’s Economic Development Board. Rolls-Royce managers expect to assemble engines and make fan blades more efficiently here than in the UK, thanks to the clean-sheet, all-under-one-roof building designs.

February 14, 2012 - 7:00am
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened Rolls-Royce’s latest factory on Monday. The S$700 million ($555 million) Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus, situated at the Seletar Aerospace Park in the north of Singapore, is designed to double the engine manufacturer’s Trent engine output to more than 500 a year. In addition to engine assembly and test, the campus also houses fan blade manufacturing, research and training activities.

February 14, 2012 - 12:45am

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a $30 million widebody hangar at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, joining two others at the site. The 91,500-sq-ft building has a 115-foot ceiling and has space for a widebody and a pair of narrowbodies to be worked on simultaneously.

February 13, 2012 - 12:45am

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a $30 million widebody hangar at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, joining two others at the site. The 91,500-sq-ft building has a 115-foot ceiling and has space for a widebody and a pair of narrowbodies to be worked on simultaneously.

February 10, 2012 - 9:20pm
Singapore Airlines A380

Boeing and Airbus have each progressed in their efforts to settle manufacturing defects with their respective high-profile airliners.

February 8, 2012 - 12:44pm

The entire 68-strong Airbus A380 fleet must be inspected for new cracks in wing-rib feet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today extended an earlier requirement limited to 20 airframes.

 
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