French newpaper "Le Figaro" talks about 7 A319 but AF has only 6 -ER
According to another source, it seems it is 04 A319ER "DEDICATE" which are stuck in Africa for technical reasons. Maintenance on brakes had to be done; so AF decided that they won' t be flying until the job is done.
As a reminder, AF flies 45 A319s :
06 are -ER "Dedicate" (F-GRXG-N) 82 seats with a 2-class config. 28J / 54Y ( incl. 3 seats in Y for cabin crew rest)
The A319ER fly to destinations in Africa and the middle East such as Pointe-Noire,Congo (PNR); Malabo Equatorial Guinea (SSG); Riyadh, Saudia Arabia (RUH); etc ....
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10446 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11446 times:
I'm not sure why this is making news. Airplanes go out of service every day because of mechanical reasons. A small fleet like the A319ERs can result in cancelled flights. Hopefully they are returned to service soon, but there are thousands of reasons for why they could be having problems. Every airline has events like this and normally the number of spare aircraft can cover for out of service planes, but statistically, sometimes it does not work and the schedule cannot be maintained. AF probably has had a bad couple of weeks.
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blueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9962 times:
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2): but it sounds top me that all 4 were taken oiut of service at the same time, like they caught a MX lapse, which would be news.
Correct, that is exactly what happened. AF found lapses in inspections on 7 A319s, some as much as 30 months old, and notified the DGAC which eventually determined that all that was needed was to perform the inspection that had been missed. Four of the affected planes happened to be away from base, but they were inspected by local AF maintenance personnel and returned to service.
(edited: forgot to mention the lapses were apparently due to an updated maintenance process from which the lapsed inspection was accidentally dropped)
[Edited 2010-03-24 14:08:09]
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