|Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):|
Why does BA send this aircraft to SIN for maintenance, nothing closer?
|Quoting Matt6461 (Reply 3):|
I'd guess its last revenue trip was to SIN? Flying an A380 that distance costs about $200k...
|Quoting CPH-R (Reply 1):|
2 years is roughly the timeframe before an aircraft has to have a C-check, so presumably that's what it went in for?
|Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 8):|
The A380 does not use A/B/C/D checks anymore, it uses scheduled maintenance intervals instead.
> G-XLEB went to SIN for scheduled maintenance.
> G-XLEC now took its place.
Some people still call it a 'C check' because it makes discussion on the subject easier.
|Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 7):|
British Airways modified the roof section of 2 Hangars at it's Heathrow Maintenance Base to allow A380's to be housed, fully enclosed, but can't say for certain how either Hangar interior is equipped.
Given London Heathrow is A380 Central, was curious if there is a business case to set up Maintenance Fascilties for other Airlines that fly into LHR with this aircraft?
|Quoting ChaosTheory (Reply 11):|
If the aircraft requires wing rib modifications, and I'm unsure as to whether any BA A380s do, the downtime will increase to about 24 days.
|Quoting tristarsteve (Reply 12):|
The problem is the staff. To carry out an A380 C check you need around 200 technicians. What are these 200 people going to do during the 6 months of the year when there is no C check in the hangar.
Ba did the sums and decided that it was cheaper to do the first round of C checks at SIN. When the costs have been analysed then this might change, but the hangars at LHR were not for C checks. These would be done at CWL, but a new hangar would be needed, and this is not cost efficient with only 12 aircraft.
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