For the second time in one month, Singapore Airlines had to
ground one of its A380 superjumbos due to a problem with an
aircraft fuel pump Tuesday evening, delaying passengers heading to
"We regret the inconvenience caused to customers who incurred
delays on Monday night," airline spokesman Stephen Forshaw told The
While acknowledging the problem appeared to be similar to
the fuel pump issue that grounded the carrier's first A380 last
month, Forshaw stressed "[i]t is important to mention, it is not
the same problem, and not the same aircraft."
Such mechanical issues are not uncommon in any airline fleet,
though it's noteworthy the problem has now cropped up on two of
Singapore Airlines' three A380s now in service, and may point to an
early-build issue on the first superjumbos.
Currently the only A380 operator, Singapore Airlines plans to
take delivery of its fourth superjumbo in May. The carrier has
another 15 on order after that.
Dubai-based Emirates will take delivery of its first A380 in