Since January, Airbus’s fleet of A380s has been plagued by problems. Cracks in the planes’ wings forced the company to announce that the planes could be grounded for up to eight weeks while repairs are made.
BBC reported that the company will be completely out of action for about two months if they choose to ground all their planes at once. However, it is still unclear if the company plans to make repairs step-by-step, with each plane taking a longer break over their regular maintenance check.
The repairs require Airbus to replace 23 wing ribs that are currently made of type-7449 aluminum with thicker wing ribs made of type-7010 aluminum. The repairs will cost 30,000 hours of labor.
Airbus has already paid $300 million to fix the problem, but the price seems to be rising.