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Qantas, Korean Air to check A380s for cracks

india Updated: Feb 09, 2012 20:54 IST

Qantas Airways and Korean Air will carry out inspections for wing cracks on their Airbus A380 superjumbo planes earlier than previously scheduled, after European air safety officials ordered global checks, warning of a safety risk if the defects were not fixed.

Singapore Airlines has been carrying out precautionary inspections of its A380s since January 20 and has been forced to repair eight aircraft, the airline said.

“The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we will ensure that we take whatever action is needed for the continued safe operation of our A380 fleet,” Singapore Airlines said on Thursday Australia’s Qantas Airways has already grounded one A380 for a week after discovering 36 separate wing cracks after a turbulent flight from London.

Despite the ongoing news of defects in the world's largest passenger plane, air travellers continued to repose trust in the aircraft, the airline said.

“The A380 is still our most popular aircraft and we have not seen any impact on ticket sales. These things happen with various aircraft. There are no broader concerns about the A380 now,” said a Qantas spokesman.

Australia’s arm of global travel company Flight Centre Ltd, said it was unaware of any shift in customer sentiment away from A380s or airlines with A380s .

The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) said the widespread A380 defects could pose a safety risk if left unremedied.

“This condition, if not detected and corrected, may lead to a reduction of the structural integrity of the aeroplane,” the EU agency said in its directive to airlines.