Astuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10338 posts, RR: 97 Posted (7 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
This weeks hard-copy FI contains a 2 page article regarding the first 3 months of commercial A380 operations with SQ, entitled
"Failure Never an Option".
This OP is really a placemark for the electronic copy when it downloads into Flightglobal.com.
But just a couple of extracts:-
"The aircraft has accumulated 1 100 flying hours in 150 flights"
"The aircraft's only technical delay to date was on 4th January, when departure from SIN was held up for 29 minutes due to a spurious failure warning. "There was a standby static probe heating failure message. This was not a true failure, but required a reset of the system to clear the warning" "
"SIA's senior vice president engineering, Mervyn Sirisena, says "Frankly, I've never seen such a good introduction"
This note was incorporated at the end..
"Meanwhile, efforts to reduce the A380's weight will briing it to within 0.5% of target by 2012, says Carcaillet (A380 director of Product Marketing, Airbus). "At service entry, the first few aircraft's empty weight was within guarantees, but 2%, or 5t above target".
The weight is reducing as production increases and weight savings are incorporated into the build standard.
"From 2012 the manufacturers empty weight will be 1.2t above target" he says
I will keep an eye out for the E-version.
Some good initial feedback on A380 operations, I thought.
RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2575 times:
From the article:
Quote: SIA's second A380 has taken over the Sydney services to enable MSN003 to be grounded to undergo modifications to the crew rest area for the longer-distance London flights.
Anyone know why these mods to the crew rest would not have been done prior to delivery? Or was SQ's decision to put this fram on the LHR route made afterwards? Also, will all future SQ A380s incorporate the upgraded crew rest?