Qantas returns A380 to service

23 Nov 2010

Qantas' Airbus A380 services will resume from November 27, 2010, beginning with the Sydney-London route after a 23-day hiatus due to engine failure. This flights stops over in Singapore.

Initially, one aircraft will return to service and eventually, it will be deployed on other routes after its performance has been closely assessed.

The move follows intense investigation into the Trent 900 engine – manufactured by Rolls Royce – following the blow out incident on November 4, which forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport while enroute to Sydney. Qantas then grounded its entire fleet of A380s. Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa, which also use Trent 900 engines on its A380s, made changes.

Rolls Royce, Qantas and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have now pronounced the investigation results satisfactory enough to return the superjumbo jets into service.

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airlines, aims to return two of its six superjumbo jets to service by the end of this week and another two before December 25 so as to minimise disruption to the Christmas schedule.

The A380 that experienced the blowout still remains grounded in Singapore and is undergoing further inspection by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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Alisha Haridasani

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