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Canadian collision puts Emirates A380 out of action

Emirates superjumbo stranded after incident in Toronto involving catering truck

Canadian collision puts Emirates A380 out of action
Emirates has 90 firm orders for A380s, making it the jet’s largest customer by far

Adding to Emirates Airline’s recent poor fortunes in the Canadian aviation market, an accident involving a catering truck has put one of the carrier’s superjumbo jets out of action for several weeks.

The incident took place at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

"Emirates can confirm that an incident occurred on 6 December involving a catering truck and that damage was sustained to the inboard starboard wing and wing root of one of our A380 aircraft,” an Emirates spokesperson told Arabian Business.

“Another A380 has been deployed on to our Toronto route whilst the damaged aircraft is being repaired."

Canadian media reported that a scissor-lift mechanism on the catering truck failed while it was servicing the jet’s upper deck. The truck then collapsed onto the leading edge of the right wing.

Canada and the UAE have recently been embroiled in a major row concerning the former’s refusal to allow Emirates and Etihad Airways greater access to the lucrative Toronto route.

Negotiations between the two countries collapsed in October, resulting in a UAE decision to toughen visa regulations for Canadian citizens travelling to the Gulf state.

Emirates has 90 firm orders for A380s, making it the jet’s largest customer by far. The carrier’s 15th superjumbo was delivered at the end of November. 


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Jammer 9 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if it was done on purpose. Most of the so called ' Canadians ' are of Arab or South Asian descent who migrated after working in the GCC and wouldn't bat an eyelid to do harm to anything related to the GCC countries just in order to get back at the harsh treatments they have sufferred under the hands of their sponsors.

Swani 9 years ago

This is no accident. Somewhere, someone down the line knew what was going to happen. Has this type of incident ever happened with any other airline?

busdriver 9 years ago

And it seems that the repairs can only be done in a hangar, considering the weather conditions with sub-zero temperatures, which is understandable. That's where it becomes interesting: the hangar will not be available before a few weeks, so they say... Call it dragging your feet? Or retaliation to the visa story, the airbase story, the canadian landing rights story? LOL

Jon 9 years ago

Come on guys, there must be a conspiracy here ?

Steve 9 years ago

The Canadians and particularly Mark Machenzie are so backward. Cant they even use equipment at airports without damaging planes? Wouldnt happen in the UK where airports are far busier and better maintained! But its no real surprise the Canadian messed up is it!

Klay 9 years ago

Steve, it’s a bit harsh criticising the whole of Canada for this accident. I imagine UK airports also have similar incidents that go unreported because, let’s face it, it’s not headline news. This incident received all this attention due to the situation between the UAE and Canada.

CT 9 years ago

Could be more to this than meets the eye. Canada has overtaken the United States when it comes to it's total commitment to defending the state of Israel. Now certain issues have become very clear to me with what has taken place between the UAE and Canada in connection with more flights going into Canada. It might all have to do with Arab and jewish relationships where Canada thinks it's flexing it's mighty big muscles with the UAE like Israel does with the rest of the world. Just a thought.

Tajir 9 years ago

I believe Canada is being " tunnel Vision " with the landing rights and will be the loser in the end . If this goes on and the GCC oil companies start looking at more preferred countries to trade with and the Canadian export trade starts to crumble.
Emirates covers a large subcontinet region who do not have flights to Canada and prefer the nonstop from Dubai rather then Europe and I dont see why Canada cannot understand this.

fady 9 years ago

I'm one of them. but you forgot to mention that after they get their Canadian passports. most of them go back!

Todd 9 years ago

Steve, your comments are over-generalized and judgemental. Accidents can happen anywhere. Perhaps the UK airports ARE busier, but maintanance seems to be on ongoing problem for the BAA. What you should ask yourself is: How many flights have been cancelled over the past 3 years due to snowfall?
Perhaps you should stop focusing your attention on isolated incidents, and think about bigger-picture issues. For instance, it would be worthwhile for you to lobby the UK Gov't to invest in some of the basics, such as snow removal equipment, and an appropriate long-term plan to deal with obvious changes to weather patterns in the North-East Atlantic.
If the BAA had the basic SYSTEMATIC issues sorted out (snow removal and de-icing), then it would be a fair to make a comparison of the two countries.