The Airbus A380 was nearly two years late in reaching its first
customers, due in large part to problems integrating wiring
harnesses designed in France and Germany. In an unwelcome irony,
Emirates has reportedly taken its first A380 offline to work on an
An airline spokesman said the problem was discovered at the end
of a training mission.
The International Herald Tribune reports that the plane -- which entered service August 1, and has been
serving the airline's New York route -- is scheduled to be back in
service this weekend, but reduced from three flights per week to
two to accommodate engineering and training needs.
Since entering commercial service with Singapore Airlines in
October 2007, the A380 has been hit with a variety of technical
glitches... most of the minor annoyance variety, and common to
issues usually found on any new aircraft. Most notably, Singapore
was forced to ground two of its first three A380s earlier
this year, due to a fuel pump problem endemic to both aircraft.
Airbus announced earlier this month that it will be late in
delivering Emirates' second A380, but remains confident it can meet
its goal of delivering 12 aircraft to customers this year.
Emirates is using a Boeing 777-300ER temporarily to serve its
New York-to-Dubai route.