Emirates suspends A380 flights as electrical faults hit fleet

Emirates suspended operations of the Airbus SAS A380 aircraft on its New York route at the beginning of September due to an electrical fault.
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Emirates suspended operations of the Airbus SAS A380 aircraft on its New York route at the beginning of September due to an electrical fault.

The airline, which took delivery of its first A380 in late July and began flying the double-decker aircraft in August, served the route with Boeing Co. 777-300ER aircraft, Emirates said in a statement.

The carrier resumed A380 flights with a twice-a-week service to New York, rather than three a week, to permit training flights and completion of engineering work.

The 550-seat A380, which surpassed Boeing’s 747 as the world’s largest passenger aircraft when it began flying commercially last year, is being delivered more than two years late because of difficulties in installing cabin wiring.

The electrical fault on the Emirates plane “was noticed at the end of a training mission, when the aircraft was parked in front of the hangars,” said an official at the Dubai-based airline.

Airbus, the world’s biggest maker of commercial aircraft, said in early September that it would be late in delivering Emirates’ second A380.

At the time of going to press Emirates was still in talks with Airbus regarding the delivery date. Airbus has not commented about the delay.

The manufacturer is sticking with a target of delivering 12 of the model to customers this year.

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