flyingclrs727 wrote:Newbiepilot wrote:caverunner17 wrote:So what is the prognosis on the airframe likely to be? From initial appearance, there is limited damage to the structural components -- at least nothing that can't be fixed/replaced. I presume fixing these issues, plus a new engine and she'll be back in service within a few months?
3-4 weeks most likely. The pylon is damaged and those structural parts can take a few weeks to fabricate replacements. I expect Air France has a spare engine so all the parts on the pylon and any airframe damage will take a few weeks.
Can't Airbus take a pylon in production for one of the A380's in production and divert it to the Air France plane? It's not as if airlines are in a big rush to get their new A380's delivered.
Robbing production often can be a solution. It depends on exact configuration and what is damaged. Given the slow A380 rate, it there may not be one in a configuration ready to go. Pylons also are installed later in the build process shortly before an engine gets installed and the customer who is getting its plane robbed from while in production may not consent. An entire new pylon may be more expensive that replacing some structural components on the pylon. Structural parts usually have to be replaced with new parts because you can't drill out structure from on plane and easily get it to fit on another.
Airbus may have a pylon available for lease or Air France could have a spare (but that is unlikely). There are lots of options. Most take a week or longer to get the parts, tooling and manpower to the airplane. I don't think a regulatory authority is going to grant a ferry permit without at least some parts replaced amd repaired.