Forces China Southern Airlines To Cancel Airbus A380 Flight
By Jim Douglas
October 31, 2011 - On Saturday, twelve days after China
Southern Airlines put its first Airbus A380 into
operations the company was forced to cancel a Beijing to
Shanghai flight due to mechanical problems. Passengers
were able to get a later flight on a Airbus A330.
China Southern Airlines spokesmen stated "we need to
transport air materials from abroad. “We are deeply
sorry for the inconveniences brought to passengers. The
safety of passengers is always our top priority. We will
fix the problem and resume the normal operation of A380
as soon as possible."
Back on October 15th China Southern Airlines took
delivery of the A380 jumbo jet. "We are proud to become
the first A380 operator in China,” said Si Xianmin,
Chairman of China Southern Airlines.
introduction of the A380 in our fleet is a very important step
for the development of China Southern. This most spacious and
modern aircraft enables us, to offer our passengers
world-standard comfort on our flights. The economics offered by
the A380 will undoubtedly improve our competitiveness on
international routes and is the perfect asset to make China
Southern Airlines achieve its goal of becoming a leading global
A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner
manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of
EADS. It is the largest passenger airliner in the world. Due to
its size, many airports had to modify and improve facilities to
was designed to challenge Boeing's hold on the large-aircraft
market, the A380 made its maiden flight on April 27, 2005 and
entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore
Airlines. The aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX during much
of its development, before receiving the A380 designation. The
nickname Superjumbo has since become associated with it.
The A380 has resulted in higher than average load factors and increased profitability on A380 flights, providing airlines with a key competitive advantage wherever they operate the type. Typically seating 525 passengers in a three class layout, the A380 is capable of flying 8,300 nautical miles. China Southern Airlines's A380 has a eight luxury first class suites, 70 flat-bed business-class seats and 428 economy-class seats for a total of 506-seat cabin seats.
The A380 has been involved in one aviation incident. On 4 November 2010, a Qantas Flight 32, en route from Singapore Changi Airport to Sydney Airport, suffered an uncontained engine failure, resulting in a series of related problems, and forcing the flight to return to Singapore. There were no injuries to the passengers, crew or people on the ground despite debris falling onto the Indonesian island of Batam.
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