I have a ticket on Lufthansa A380 and a potential to change it to Boeing 747.
Is it safe to fly the A380 with its wing cracks or just fly the safer Boeing 747?
Yes, the wing cracks issue is one of concern to the average air travellers. However the airlines and Airbus have maintained that the planes pose no threat to safety and repairs have been carried out.
Airbus has traced the cause of the cracks to the “choice of a less flexible aluminium alloy used to make the wing brackets as well as the way in which fasteners are put through holes and the stresses involved in fitting portions of the wings together. “
However, interim fix has been applied to more than a third of the about 75 A380’s that are in service and I believe the planes will have the permanent fix after 2014.
In your mind you have decided to fly ‘the safer Boeing 747’. That is a fair assessment. However, Lufthansa said its airline has not found any cracks in its A380’s wings so far.
To me, any planes are safe to fly if they have been certified fit to carry passengers by the airline industry. Yes, there are often some teething problems in any new planes. (This is the same as for the Boeing 787).
Somehow, I am comfortable flying the newer and more spacious Airbus A380 with flying technology that are more superior than the Boeing 747-400’s.
As far as I am concerned, both planes are equally safe. Make your choice.
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