Airlines advised to check for Dreamliner wing cracks

Airlines advised to check for Dreamliner wing cracksBy Phil Davies

Checks are being made for potential “hairline cracks” in the wings of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.The move came after Japanese supplier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries warned Boeing that a change in its manufacturing process may cause cracks.

The US aircraft manufacturer said the issue may affect nearly 40 planes and there may be “some delays in deliveries”.

However, Boeing added that it was confident “the issue does not exist in the in-service fleet,” the BBC reported.

“The affected areas are very small and the time required to address the issue will vary between one and two weeks,” the company said.

“There may be some delays in deliveries, but we expect no impact to 2014 delivery guidance.”

Thomson Airways and British Airways are current UK operators of the 787, soon to be followed by Virgin Atlantic.

Sourced from Travel Weekly


Airbus marks 1,000th A330 plane – with wings made in Broughton

1,000th Airbus A330

The Cathay Pacific plane is the 1,000th Airbus A330 to be delivered across the world – with wings made in Wales

Airbus is celebrating delivering its 1,000th A330 plane, with wings manufactured in Flintshire

The aircraft was handed over to the operator Cathay Pacific Airways at a special ceremony at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France.

Wings for all Airbus civilian planes are made at its factory at Broughton, which employs 6,000 people.

The site makes 1,000 wings a year – including for the giant A380 capable of carrying over 500 passengers.

“It is of particular importance for us to be celebrating this 1,000th A330 delivery milestone with our long-standing partner Cathay Pacific Airways,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer.

The A330 plane is now in service with more than 100 air operators, with 1,250 ordered since its maiden flight in 1992.

Sourced by BBC News Wales


Airbus wing ship safely back in Mostyn Port after refloating

Airbus ship floating again at Mostyn Docks on Thursday.A fresh bid to refloat a ship carrying Airbus aircraft wings from a sandbank on the Dee estuary has been successful.

The Ciudad de Cadiz, which transports Airbus wings from Flintshire to France, had been grounded outside Mostyn Docks for a week-and-a-half.

The 125m vessel slipped its moorings in high winds on 30 January.

Ship salvage experts had been forced to wait until Saturday morning for a high enough spring tide to refloat the vessel, after earlier attempts failed.

The tide at 10:00 GMT was sufficient to lift the ship from the sandbank, and it made its way safely to Mostyn Port.

“It is now undergoing a survey, and if all is well, it will travel to Holyhead for a full dive survey,” said a spokesperson for the Coastguard in Liverpool.

The ship became stuck as it was waiting to go into port to pick up wings made at the Airbus plant at Broughton for delivery to the company’s assembly factory at Toulouse in southern France.

But high winds, and then lower than expected tides meant attempts to move the ship had to be abandoned until this weekend.


Fears Airbus ship could be stranded off North Wales until April

Airbus ship floating again at Mostyn Docks on Thursday.

Airbus ship floating again at Mostyn Docks on Thursday.

By Gary Porter

A SHIP grounded off the coast could be stuck there until April unless it’s re-floated in the next few days.

The MV Cuidad de Cadiz, which takes wings made at Airbus’ Broughton plant to France, has been stranded at Salisbury Bank, Mostyn, for more than a week.

The vessel is currently marooned on top of cockle beds but Environment Agency Wales is unable to assess any potential damage until it has returned to the sea.

A spokeswoman for Lavers, who monitor the tides, said: “Monday is the highest tide for some time with the next coming in April.

“But it must be remembered that tides are also affected by the weather pressure. It’s not really possible to say how long it will be there for.”

A spokesman for Airbus said the company couldn’t “speculate on future outcomes” but admitted recent high tides had been lower than predicted.

He added: “A decision was taken to postpone refloating the vessel until this weekend at the earliest.

“The vessel is safe, stable, on an upright position, sitting on a soft sandbank.

“It is an ongoing situation but we continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities to ensure the earliest resolution to this issue.

“There are no wings on the Cadiz and we will use another vessel to transport wings so there will be no impact on production.”

A spokesperson from Environment Agency Wales said: “Since the vessel became stranded last week we’ve been working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to monitor the situation.

“They have advised that its structure remains intact and we are confident that it does not pose a pollution risk to the surrounding environment.

“Our shellfish officer has also been making initial assessments of any possible damage to the cockle beds, but we will not be able to fully assess this until the ship has been successfully refloated.”

A Maritime Coastguard Agency spokesman added: “There is no pollution and it is not blocking anything, so we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Sourced by Daily Post


Airbus wings ship Ciudad de Cadiz refloat bid postponed for a week

Airbus ship aground - photo by Ray McGowan

The ship will remains stranded for at least another week

Attempts to refloat a ship carrying Airbus aircraft wings which is stuck on a sandbank in the Dee estuary have been postponed for a week.

The Ciudad de Cadiz, which transports Airbus wings from Flintshire to France, has been grounded outside Mostyn Docks since Wednesday.

The 125m vessel slipped its moorings in high winds but is said to be secure.

Jim O’Toole from the Port of Mostyn said experts believed the tides would not be high enough until next Saturday.

Liverpool coastguard says a spring tide on 11 February will be almost 2m higher than those seen currently and will give the vessel a better chance to clear the sandbank.

Mr O’Toole said the ship is secure and safe in its current location and poses no risks. Its crew of 23 are still aboard.

He said the port continues to operate as normally.

‘Secure and safe’

The ship became grounded off Mostyn port at Wednesday lunchtime, and since then several attempts have been made to free it.

It is understood the ship was waiting to go into port to pick up wings made at the Airbus plant at Broughton for delivery to the company’s assembly factory at Toulouse in southern France.

The ship is one of three vessels used to ferry wings for the A380 Airbus super jumbo.

An Airbus spokesperson said: “Recent high tides have been lower than predicted so a decision has been taken to postpone refloating the vessel until next Saturday 9th February.

“The vessel remains in a secure and safe position on the sand bank. There is no marine pollution, the ship is not damaged but stuck on the sand.

“It is an ongoing situation but the protection of the environment is a top priority for Airbus, and we continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities to ensure the earliest resolution to this issue.”

Sourced by BBC News Wales


Airbus wings ship Ciudad de Cadiz in new refloating bid

Another attempt will be made to refloat a grounded ship from a Dee estuary sandbank later on Friday.

The Ciudad de Cadiz, which carries aircraft wings from Airbus in Flintshire to France, was grounded outside Mostyn Docks on Wednesday after slipping its moorings in high winds.

The 125m vessel, which had a 23-person crew, has been secured by three tugs.

Liverpool coastguards say the next high tide is at 14:15 GMT.

The incident happened off Mostyn port at about 13:45 GMT on Wednesday.

Airbus said it was not a safety issue and “nothing to be concerned about”.

It is understood the ship was waiting to go into port to pick up wings made at the Airbus plant at Broughton for delivery to the company’s assembly factory at Toulouse in southern France.

The ship is one of three vessels used to ferry wings for the A380 Airbus super jumbo.

No lifeboats have been called out to stand by the vessel.

Attempts to use high tides to refloat the ship failed on Thursday. Coastguards said there were no signs of pollution and the ship’s crew are all well onboard.

Sourced from BBC Wales News


Fresh attempts to refloat Airbus ferry at Mostyn

Airbus ship floating again at Mostyn Docks on Thursday.

Airbus ship floating again at Mostyn Docks on Thursday.

By Steve Bagnall

FRESH attempts were made yesterday to refloat an Airbus ferry which ran aground in bad weather in Mostyn.

The ship, which carries wings made at Airbus’ Broughton plant to France for assembly, got into trouble on Wednesday.

Tugs from Mostyn Port were brought in yesterday to free it after attempts on Wednesday night failed.

Yesterday it had been moved into deeper water, but was still not fully afloat.

It is not uncommon for ferries to experience this type of problem in high tide.

An Airbus spokesman said: “It got into trouble because of the bad weather on Wednesday. There was no damage to the ship, it was not leaking fuel and there was no other danger from the ferry.”

Sourced by Daily Post


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