The A350, a bad investment for Air Caraïbe?

Martinique 1Ere:-The new acquisition of the airline, received at the beginning of the year to logically modernize its fleet, continues to put it in the spotlight and not for rewarding reasons.

More modern, more efficient and above all better equipped, it was supposed to embody the renewal in the aircraft fleet of the Air Caraïbes company .Indeed, at the beginning of 2017, Dubreuil Group companies received their three A350-900s to operate on the Air Caraïbes airlines, to the Antilles and French Blue, to Reunion.

The group is the only one in the area to own this type of device.

But on August 20, the passengers of the flight TX 543-900 of Air Caraïbes, coming from Paris, had a big fright at the airport Pôle Caraïbes in Guadeloupe. While landing, due to bad weather, first, then a technical problem, then, the Airbus had to land in disaster. A tire broke, damaging the main landing gear. Fortunately, the incident did not injure anyone.

But two days later, on 22 August, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (Emergency Airworthiness Directive) concerning a malfunction that could cause inflammation.

Air Caraïbes did not wish to express itself in detail on the subject but published this press release:

“The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for A 350 aircraft on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.

This directive raises the possibility of overheating a hydraulic pump, necessitating a modification of the operational documentation allowing the operation of these devices.

This is a well-known case that regularly leads manufacturers to propose measures to improve flight safety for each type of aircraft and that civilian administrations (FAA, EASA) make it mandatory for all operators.

Air Caraïbes and French blue did not know the case quoted in the directive but immediately implemented the changes in procedures requested. The policy of our companies has always been to consider the safety of our operations as a top priority.

These measures have no impact on the execution of our Airbus 330 or 350 flight program. “

For its part, the manufacturer Airbus wants to be reassuring. But this “bad news” more about the device poses, perhaps the question of its future.