Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.
Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Video: Time-lapse of C check of first Emirates’ Airbus A380

The very first Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates airline was recently underwent its first major check called the C check or also sometimes known as the 3C check. Along with an extensive mechanical and avionics check, the interior of the plane undergoes a major refurbishment. Enjoy this time-lapse video showing all the activities.

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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7 comments

  1. Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t a D check larger than a C check?

    • Absolutely. It is almost taking apart the whole aircraft and putting it back together. Normally done around 10,000+ hours flying time, which happens around 6 years. Which is why many front line carriers return the aircraft before a D check and avoid the costs.

  2. How boring. One could be forgiven for thinking, after watching this video, that seats, carpets and bars were the most critical part of the aircraft.
    If you’re going to release a video, it should show avionics, engine checks, electronics, cabling … You know – the stuff that counts if there’s actually a problem in flight.

  3. Great video Sir. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Devesh: How often airplanes go through this kind of check? Does each airline have different policies for different types of aircrafts? Your insight would be much appreciated.

    • It depends on the airframer’s and engine manufacturer’s specifications. Normally around 1,600 to 2,500 hours of flying. Airlines will further define what additional needs to be done, however, this cannot violate the specs of the various equipment manufacturers. For example cabin overhaul may not be done by all airlines at the C check.