Emirates Says Its A380s Are Safe to Fly After Reports of Cracks in Wings

July 10, 2019

Emirates airline confirmed that it operates nine out of 25 A380 aircraft which have been subject to inspection for cracks in their wings.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday said there have been occurrences of cracks reported in certain parts of the A380 wings.

An Emirates spokesperson said they were aware of EASA instructions and assured that all aircraft of the Dubai's carrier are safe to fly as they undergo regular and comprehensive checks.

"Safety is always our top priority, and all our aircraft undergo regular and comprehensive checks. We are aware of the proposed EASA directive, and have already scheduled and begun conducting the additional inspections on those aircraft identified. So far, there has been nothing untoward in the findings," the spokesperson said.

The world's largest carrier in terms of international passengers received seven A380s in the last financial year and will receive 14 more from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units, it said in its annual statement in May 2019.

Recently, Emirates also set the world record of the taking the shortest flight of A380 from Dubai to Muscat.

Moreover, the European regulatory said Airbus will issue a service bulletin to provide inspection instructions for the world's largest aircraft.

In 2012, the European aircraft manufacturer carried out inspection on A380 after cracks were found on part of the wings.

In February, Airbus said it would stop producing the double-decker jet which earned plaudits from passengers but failed to win over enough airlines to justify its massive costs.

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