LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12331 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11370 times:
Any pics? are we talking about a small hole or a big gash? Any idea how long this a/c will be out of service? I would assume that the repair could be done at LHR or could it be flown out (if possible) to an Airbus facility?
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 55 Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11026 times:
My guess knowing those stand pretty well is that someone did not check that the jet bridges were parked correctly for the stand prior to selecting the guidance lights on.
Those stands can have 2 narrow bodied a/c, or 1 wide body on each stand. The parking positions for the jetbridges are different depending what stand config is in use so it is essential to ensure the bridges are parked correctly before the a/c pulls on.
Either that, or as is usual, one of the bridges was out of service and not parked in any of the parking boxes in which case it should have been marshalled onto stand anyway !!.
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Kaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2208 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10424 times:
Quoting B742 (Reply 7): I would think it could be repaired at LHR, depending on the size of the incident! I'm not sure who would do the repair work, but the Bmi facility can handle/do handle A330's
The BMI hangar at London Heathrow doesn't handle A330s. BMI has no A330 routes from LHR. In fact, I personally have never seen a BMI aircraft in that huge hangar. Its always Cathay, South African, or some one else. Anyways, the only one in LHR who can fix Airbus widebodies is the Virgin Atlantic hangar. (by the way, the A340-300 and A330-200 wings are identical, so it should be no problem for Virgin).
As well as Mumbai mentioned above, BD has A330 service to Jeddah and Riyadh. The Doha services are operated by B767 on lease IIRC. Although the A330 maintenance may not be carried out there, they may well be able to service the EK bird as they handle the A340's of SA don't they?