Emirates Airline Airbus A380 A6-EDM

Emirates Airline manages to fly damaged Airbus A380 out of Russia

Aircraft was hit on March 27 by a service vehicle at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow

Emirates Airline experienced an unusual situation in recent days with one of its Airbus A380s. On March 27, the four-engine registration A6-EDM was hit by a service vehicle at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.

The driver of the vehicle had a sudden illness and hit the lower part of the A380 fuselage, damaging the surface.

It would be a common case in other countries but Russia faces Western sanctions that prevent aircraft components from being sent there.

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To repair the A380, Emirates would have to fly replacement parts to Moscow, which is prohibited.

The service vehicle hit the A380 on March 27
The service vehicle hit the A380 on March 27

The impasse ended up creating rumors that the Dubai-based carrier had to abandon the A380 in Russia, but on Monday, April 1, the A6-EDM jet took off from Domodedovo and after a five-hour flight landed in the United Arab Emirates on the transfer flight. EK2508.

Apparently, Emirates Airline came to the conclusion that the A380 had safe flying conditions to the point that the flight reached 41,000 feet even with the hole in the fuselage.

Delivered by Airbus in 2010, the A380 A6-EDM had been stored in March 2020, right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Emirates returned it to service in April 2023.

Although many airlines abandoned routes to Russia after the military invasion of Ukraine, Emirates Airline continued to fly to the country even though its planes had to bypass the conflict region.


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