Over the last week, two Qantas A380 flights were diverted due to fueling issues.
Now, an airline insider is claiming that Qantas pilots are being pressured to carry less fuel on the superjumbos, a claim the airline strongly denies.
Whether the insider’s claim rings true remains to be seen; however, documents obtained by Australia’s Herald Sun do suggest the A380s are carrying less fuel these days.
According to the paper, in 2009 the average A380 flight took off with 2502 kg of discretionary fuel and landed with 1818kg. By late last year, flights carried 1472kg and landed with just 1088kg.
Industry experts seem to agree that those cuts pose no safety threat to passengers but could lead to more delays and diversions going forward.
Source: Herald Sun