While the Airbus A380’s long-term future remains in doubt due to a dwindling backlog, there is no question about what the next decade or so will bring: a steady flow of heavy checks. The A380 entered revenue service in October 2007, meaning the early-build models have only recently hit in-service thresholds that trigger a major airframe maintenance visit at six years in service. Airbus developed the A380 maintenance program with flexibility in mind; initial intervals saw A Checks ...

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