Singapore Airlines is to change the Rolls Royce engines on three of its A380 superjumbos after discovering oil staining, according to media reports.
The move follows Qantas’ decision to ground its fleet of A380s, after an engine failure on a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week.
SIA has a total of eleven superjumbos in its fleet, and had decided to change one engine on each of three A380s. New website bloomberg.com quotes SIA spokesperson Nicolas Ionides as saying that the decision has been taken as a “precautionary” measure, and that the aircraft in question will probably fly to Singapore without passengers for the engine swaps.
The latest official update from Qantas regarding its grounded aircraft (posted on the carrier’s website on November 8 at 2045 AEDT) advised that the airline did “not expect to operate the A380 fleet for at least another 72 hours”.
Report by Mark Caswell