RyanairGuru wrote:FiftyLitres wrote:RyanairGuru wrote:
It’s never been publicly confirmed which two aren’t returning. OQA and OQE are the two perennial rumours/guesses.
It will be OQE and OQF being retired. The A380s need three tasks completed - maintenance, cabin refurbishment, and repaint, in that order of priority. That leaves A, E, F, and L.
OQA will remain as it has the lowest hours in the fleet. OQL has the second lowest.
OQE has none of the above tasks done. OQF has a repaint but no maintenance work or refurbishment completed.
Just to clarify, are you saying that OQE and OQF are confirmed internally, or are you staying an opinion?
While OQA has fewer hours, it is structurally heavier due to being both an early production model and the extensive repairs undertaken. That said, I totally understand that when the next HMV is due will be a determining factor, and that does count against OQF.
Given the whole fleet has less hours than would have been originally planned by virtue of sitting in the desert for the past 2 years, I don't know if cycles is an issue. I would have thought the determining factors would be D check maintenance, repainting and refurbishment. I would be surprised if the currently unrefurbed Nancy (OQA) survives given she is significantly heavier than the newer A380s in the fleet because of the post-production rewiring as well as the QF32 repairs.