Given all the press given to the cracks found on some A380 a few years ago, I am concerned about the safety of the current fleet of A380 owned by major airlines, although the planes are fairly new (less than 10 years), and are, I hope, well maintained.

Could their be today a catastrophe resulting from these cracks, especially between the 2-year revision period?

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    $\begingroup$ If you're going to worry about cracks in aircraft, outside your control and known and managed by the industry, then you should not fly on any aircraft. All aircraft have cracks. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Apr 23, 2017 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ Adding to @mins' comment, I think it was the Boeing 787 that was grounded for some time while issues related to its onboard batteries were being worked out. While a different situation, it's not all that different in effect, and there's a real-world example for you... $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 25, 2017 at 13:10

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The issue has been fixed, for both the old and new A380's. Before the fix, the first 120 A380's did not face any danger according to Airbus.

From begadistrictnews.com.au:

"The aircraft is absolutely safe because there are so many ways for the loads to travel within the structure of the wing," [Airbus's head of engineering, Charles Champion] said.

"As it really is not a safety issue, we will inspect them over time ... within the next four years – some of them before."

From Wikipedia:

High-strength aluminum (type 7449) reinforced with carbon fiber was used in the wing brackets of the first 120 A380s to reduce weight, but cracks have been discovered and new sets of the more critical brackets will be made of standard aluminum 7010, increasing weight by 90 kg (198 lb).

From aviationweek.com:

Airbus has developed two fixes it says will permanently deal with the cracking of some rib-feet, which has already resulted in an airworthiness directive requiring enhanced inspection intervals and fixes where component cracking is found. One solution addresses the retrofit fix while the other alters the production process so the problem never occurs. The fixes should restore the aircraft to 19,000 flight cycles and regular inspection intervals, says [Tom Williams, Airbus’s executive VP-programs].

From flightglobal.com:

[21 March, 2014] LHT and Ameco to complete A380 wing-rib fixes next year.

Related: How strong is the A380 fuselage-wing joint?

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. When you say the issue has been fixed, do you have a reference on that. Last time I checked in the press, airlines where still deploying a program spanning over a few months to fix it. $\endgroup$ Apr 23, 2017 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ Hi @HalimQarroum - I've clarified the answer. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Apr 23, 2017 at 7:32

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