The first A380 superjumbo operated by Air France was forced to turn back to New York mid-flight yesterday because of a fuelling problem, the plane's fourth glitch in as many months, the airline said.
"The fault involves a problem in the fuel system," an Air France spokeswoman said, confirming that the A380 turned back to New York on Monday morning and was grounded there.
The plane had no passengers on board at the time and was returning to Paris for servicing, she added.
Air France started flying the giant double-decker jet, the world's largest passenger plane, on November 23. The same plane was grounded three times last year for technical glitches, one of which also involved the fuel system.
The company has a second A380 in service on its route from Paris to Johannesburg and has ordered 10 more.