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Mixed Fleet Flying for ANA's Airbus A380 and A320 approved by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau

Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:26 pm

Mixed Fleet Flying for A380 and A320 approved by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau

Tokyo, 14 October 2021 – All Nippon Airways (ANA) is set to introduce Mixed Fleet Flying (MFF) for the A380 and A320 Family following approval by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The Japanese carrier is the first operator in the world to introduce the MFF between the two types.

MFF is unique to Airbus aircraft. As a result of flight deck and aircraft control systems it enables pilots to be certified to operate more than one type from the Airbus fly-by-wire product line on a regular and concurrent basis. At ANA this will enable crews to fly a mixed pattern of short and long haul services.

Airbus commonality extends from the flight deck into the passenger cabin as well, with a maximum use of similar systems, control panels and procedures within the various aircraft families. The unique level of technical commonality between Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft also streamlines maintenance procedures, resulting in significantly reduced costs.

“We are pleased that A320 and A380 MFF operations were approved by JCAB and that ANA has become the world’s first airline to introduce it ,” said Stéphane Ginoux, Head of North Asia region for Airbus and President of Airbus Japan. “MFF offers airlines increased flexibility and cost-efficiency and has become one of the keys to Airbus’ success. For airlines, the increase in revenue hours flown by pilots due to less standby and downtime results in a significant improvement in productivity.”

MFF also enables airlines to interchange differently sized aircraft at short notice without crew-scheduling difficulties, allowing them to better match aircraft capacity to passenger demand.


https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/pres ... pans-civil

That was certainly unexpected. I'm not aware of any airlines doing MFF between A380s and any other types.
 
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Re: Mixed Fleet Flying for ANA's Airbus A380 and A320 approved by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau

Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:45 pm

When an operator does MFF, is there a currency requirement on the various types? There are so few A380s in Japan, I'm wondering if that would be a challenge. I'm guessing mostly they want the A380 pilots to be able to fly something else since there are so few of those.
 
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Re: Mixed Fleet Flying for ANA's Airbus A380 and A320 approved by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau

Tue Nov 16, 2021 12:22 am

zuckie13 wrote:
When an operator does MFF, is there a currency requirement on the various types? There are so few A380s in Japan, I'm wondering if that would be a challenge. I'm guessing mostly they want the A380 pilots to be able to fly something else since there are so few of those.


It would something like 3 takeoffs and landings on any type in 90 days, and at least one takeoff and landing in either an aircraft or simulator for each type in every 90 days. A regulatory event like a check ride with meet this requirement.
 
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Re: Mixed Fleet Flying for ANA's Airbus A380 and A320 approved by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau

Tue Nov 16, 2021 1:29 am

Kind of head scratching for an organization as famously conservative as JCAB. There are enough differences between the 319/320/321 ceo vs. NEO to make mixed fleet flying interesting.
 
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Tue Nov 16, 2021 1:43 am

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