Lufthansa, the German flag carrier, will undertake an engine change on its Airbus A380 fleet, despite “no findings” relating to the Qantas engine blowout last week (see news).
It has announced switching a single powerplant on its first airframe.
It is one of three carriers to use the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 that is now being examined for the uncontained failure on a Qantas A380 on November 4, 2010. The aircraft was flying between Singapore and Sydney.
A spokesperson for Lufthansa stressed the decision is a “precautionary” one, adding that they had been conducting inspection, recommended by Rolls-Royce following the mishap.
Rolls-Royce has not yet issued the exact reason for the blowout and has adviced Trent 900 operators to conduct checks relating to oil leakage.
Singapore Airlines and Qantas, the other two operators of Trent 900s on A380 fleets, have implemented engine changes, and Qantas’ continues to ground its superjumbos.
Margie T Logarta