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Airbus faces setback over A380 cracked wing repairs

  • Airbus’ flagship A380 planes could be grounded for up to eight weeks if work to repair cracks in their wings is carried out in one go.

    However, Airbus expects most customers to do the repairs step by step, as part of regular maintenance checks.

    Several of Airbus’s superjumbo A380s have developed hairline cracks on some of the brackets that link the wing to the plane.

    Each A380 has 4,000 brackets.

    The problem does not pose a safety threat but has set the company back by nearly $202 million in repair and service costs.

    Airbus has stated it will not pay any compensation for revenue lost during repair work.