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Beijing (AFP) Oct 29, 2011
China Southern Airlines grounded its first Airbus A380 superjumbo on Saturday due to an unspecified mechanical fault, the company said in a statement.
The airliner was scheduled to fly from Beijing to Shanghai, but was grounded due to the fault and an Airbus A330 flew the route instead, the statement posted on the airline website said.
"We need to transport air materials from abroad (to fix the problem)," the statement said, without specifying the nature of the mechanical failure.
"We are deeply sorry for the inconveniences brought to passengers," it said. "The safety of passengers is always our top priority. We will fix the problem and resume the normal operation of A380 as soon as possible."
China Southern took delivery of the A380 on October 15 and the plane was used on its Beijing-Guangzhou route from October 17 to 26, Xinhua news agency said.
The plane was the first A380 to be delivered to China.
The double-deck A380 is the world's largest passenger jet, with capacity for up to 853 passengers and entered into service in 2007.
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Japan's ANA net profit up 72.1% in first half
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 28, 2011
Japan's All Nippon Airways on Friday said its first-half interim net profit jumped 72.1 percent as brisk international demand offset the impact of the March 11 disaster on domestic flights. But the carrier lowered its full-year sales forecast, citing global economic uncertainty, softening domestic demand amid Japan's recession-hit economy and the effects of currency volatility. The Japan ... read more
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