Air Caledonie International (ACI) is going to return one of its two new Airbus A330neo aircraft to Toulouse because of suspicious odors in the cabin, she said on Friday.
This aircraft entered service on October 4, as part of the complete fleet renewal of the Caledonian company, which had already received in August a first aircraft of the same type.
“A smell of wet sock + has repeatedly inconvenienced crew members during the take-off and descent phases,” Didier Tappero, general manager of the company, told AFP. He said that analyzes carried out with an airliner had identified oil fumes.
According to the Airbus report sent to the company, these measurements made on board the aircraft indicate that the air quality in the cabin is within the standards and in accordance with international guidelines, below the toxicity thresholds, also indicated AIT.
However, blood samples were taken on the flight crew who inhaled these bad smells.
The Airbus A330neo has been grounded for two weeks and will in the coming days join the Airbus workshops in Toulouse after maintenance technicians of the European aircraft manufacturer and Rolls Royce, sent to Nouméa, could not ” to solve this problem in a sustainable way “.
“We are working on a solution to solve odor problems in the cabin of a small number of Airbus A330neo in service,” Airbus spokesman Sean Lee told AFP. Asia-Pacific region.
Similar problems would have been encountered by airlines in Portugal and Senegal, ACI also said.