Friday, January 11, 2008

Trip Ideas for this weekend

Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)
Ponce, Puerto Rico (PSE)
Some random destination...

A380 Incident Update

Well, they made it 3 months and about 15 days incident free! And now they have a new one coming which is scheduled to arrive on 12 Jan. in Singapore. This incident occurred at the new Terminal 3, when I read the story initially, I was trying to figure out where exactly this happened as I don't think this would have occurred at the old gate at all.

Singapore Airlines receives second A380 aircraft
By Valerie Tan, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 11 January 2008 2159 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines has received its second A380, the world's largest passenger plane.

The aircraft was handed to SIA in France on Friday morning and is expected to land in Singapore on 12 January at 9am.

The news comes a day after SIA's first A380 slipped off the tarmac onto a grass verge at Changi Airport, Terminal 3.

No one was injured.

According to Singapore Airlines, a tow truck was pulling the plane forward to a take-off position, when it suddenly disconnected from the plane.

The Sydney-bound flight, carrying 446 passengers, then continued to move forward and its front wheels rolled onto a nearby grass verge. All the passengers were asked to disembark.

Three quarters of them were put on a replacement flight out of Singapore on a Boeing 747, about 4 hours later.

The plane was then lifted out of the grass verge after midnight.

SIA said after rounds of checks, the A380 was given the green-light to resume its flight schedule to Sydney on Friday at 10.30pm.

A handful stayed overnight in Singapore before flying out the next day.

But not everyone was satisfied with the arrangements made.

A caller to the MediaCorp News Hotline said his daughter was on board the plane when the incident happened. And he claimed that there had been "miscommunication" between the airline and the passengers.

He added that the incident has left a "poor impression" on him, about the newly-opened Terminal 3.

In response, Singapore Airlines did not say how or when it will compensate affected passengers.

But the airline promised to "provide a reasonable compensation". -CNA/vm

A380 incident: This would have sucked :-(

had it occurred when I was flying on it. Look at the loads, an almost full flight. Can you imagine those passengers that never got to fly the A380 in both directions as they only have one plane.

SINGAPORE, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Singapore Airlines (SIA) super jumbo A380 accidentally ended on the grass verge off the tarmac at Changi Airport's new Terminal 3 when it was preparing to take off to Sydney Thursday night, local media reported Friday.

According to the website of the Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, the accident was caused by the hydraulic failure of a tow truck used to push back the aircraft. The truck disconnected from the plane after the malfunction.

The aircraft's 446 passengers disembarked without any injures being reported.

The passengers have been put on replacement flights to Sydney or other destinations in Australia later that night or in the next day.

SIA said there was no major impact on the aircraft and it will investigate the incident.

The country's flag airline SIA is the world's first airline to fly the world's largest passenger plane A380. It launched commercial service from Singapore to Sydney in October.

Editor: Bi Mingxin