SINGAPORE Feb 19 Singapore Airlines Ltd
(SIAL.SI) cancelled an Airbus A380 flight due to a fuel pump
defect, it said on Tuesday, its second mishap involving the
world's largest airliner in two months.
The double-decker aircraft had been due to depart for Sydney
on Monday evening.
"A problem presented with a fuel pump and this is the sort
of problem that doesn't show till engine start-up," SIA said in
SIA said it replaced the fuel pump, but as this did not
solve the problem it had to transfer most of the passengers to a
Boeing (BA.N) 747-400.
The remaining 70 passengers, who could not be accommodated,
were transferred to alternative flights on Tuesday.
"Airbus EAD.PA and our own engineers have dedicated teams
to try to address these issues quickly, but last night's fuel
pump defect took much longer to fix," SIA said.
The A380 has since been repaired and will depart for Sydney
on Tuesday evening, it added.
Last month, SIA grounded an A380 flight to Sydney after it
became separated from a tow truck and accidentally touched the
grass on the side of the tarmac, the first such mishap involving
the commercial superjumbo.
The national airline took delivery of its first A380 in
October last year to become the first carrier in the world to
operate the aircraft. It got its second A380 last month and both
planes are being used for the Singapore-Sydney route.
(Reporting by Jennifer Tan; Editing by David Holmes)