• Rolls-Royce knew A380 engines were faulty: ABC TV

    UPDATE 30th March: Qantas has today announced it will cut routes, ground planes and raise ticket prices, partly in response to the A380 engine explosion crisis.   ABC TV's Four Corners program revealed last night that Rolls-Royce knew that the engines involved in Qantas' mid-air A380...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2011 4 Comments

  • ABC TV probes Qantas Airbus A380 engine explosion on QF32

    Update See our full story on last night's Four Corners report: Rolls-Royce knew Qantas' A380 engines were faulty Previous The mid-air engine explosion on Qantas flight QF32 from Singapore – on no lesser aircraft than an Airbus A380, the pride of the Qantas fleet – created sho...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas to resume Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles on January 16

    Update Qantas will resume limited Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles from Sunday January 16th. The return of the trans-Pacific superjumbo will begin with the Melbourne-Los Angles QF93 service and will be followed by the Sydney-Los Angeles QF11/QF12 flights. However, not every flight to and fro...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • With two new A380s Qantas gears up for business travel to take off in 2011

    Qantas will boost its Airbus A380 fleet to a total of nine early next year with the delivery of two new factory-fresh superjumbos, bringing the airline almost halfway to its total order of 20. This month’s arrival of the seventh A380 from the Airbus facility at Toulouse has already allowed...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • European safety regulators ease off inspections of A380's Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines

    Aviation safety regulators from Europe’s EASA are seemingly more confident about the safety capabilities of Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 engine, following an announcement that special high-frequency inspections of the engine would be eased off.  The Trent 900 engine previously suffer...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A380 back to Sydney-Singapore route

    Singapore Airlines is putting its Airbus A380 back into the skies between Sydney and Singapore from Friday December 10, albeit on a limited basis. One of the two daily flights between Singapore and Sydney will take place on the superjumbo. This will be the SQ231 and SQ222 services, which depart ...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas' A380 bill to Rolls-Royce to top A$200 million?

    Update Rolls-Royce could find itself facing writing Qantas a cheque for upwards of $200 million in compensation for the drama caused by its Trent 900 engines to Qantas' Airbus A380 fleet. Analysts at US firm Merrill Lynch are now pegging the cost at A$207 million (US$204 million) – more t...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas preps legal action against Rolls-Royce on A380

    Qantas is moving to recover costs from its recent A380 woes from Rolls-Royce, manufacturer of the Trent 900 engine which exploded on its QF32 flight (see the leaked pics) and subsequently grounded the airline's entire Airbus A380 superjumbo fleet. Those costs have been estimated at exceeding A$1...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas resumes A380 flights -- with restrictions

    Qantas’ A380 fleet has been grounded for almost four weeks after an explosion caused one of the engines of flight QF32 to break apart and send shrapnel into the wing.  Chief executive Alan Joyce was on board the first flight, QF31 to Singapore to help reassure the flying public that t...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Leaked photos: Qantas A380 damage

    Leaked photos taken by Airbus engineers tell the tale of how badly damaged Qantas' Airbus A380 was after the uncontained engine failure of the aircraft's Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. View the full gallery here.   The photos, leaked in a PDF document to Crikey.com, show a large fuel pipe ...

    POSTED 24 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Did Rolls-Royce know A380 engines could explode?

    Rolls Royce knew about problems in its A380 engines months before Qantas' one exploded, but didn't tell the airline -- or the aircraft maker Airbus -- Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has alleged. Joyce's comments were based on the revelation by Airbus executive John Leahy that Lufthansa's A380 came off th...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Rolls-Royce to replace A380 engines

    BREAKING NEWS:  Tue 23 Nov -- Qantas announces it will resume flying the A380, but under different conditions.  Update Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are gearing up to have suspect A380 Rolls-Royce engines swapped for new ones. The extensive and expensive program will see ...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas drops all A380s from flight schedules

    Qantas is digging in for the long haul as its flagship superjumbos sit on the tarmac, being pored over by technical engineers trying to find the cause of the catastrophic mid-air engine failure that saw engine rotors careering into the wing and fuel tanks. Qantas today dropped all A380 aircraft ...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Update: Singapore Airlines grounds A380s, Lufthansa changes engine

    Update: Lufthansa has revealed it has replaced the engine of one of its A380 aircraft. This superjumbo is only six months old, and was the first flown by the German carrier. Every airline flying with A380s using the Rolls-Royce Trent 900, one of which exploded on a Qantas flight last week, will b...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Update: 787 forced to make emergency landing

    Update: Boeing has halted all 787 Dreamliner test flights following yesterday's forced landing of a 787, which the company says was due to an onboard electrical fire which led to the aircraft losing primary power.All backup systems "functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a safe l...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • New dangers discovered on failed Qantas flight

    The risk to passengers on the damaged Qantas A380 may have been greater than first assumed. Recent interviews with flight crew by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have revealed more damage was done to the plane than indicated by original reports. Flight QF32 was forced to make an emergency ...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas to switch A380 engines

    BREAKING NEWS:  Tue 23 Nov -- Qantas announces it will resume flying the A380, but under different conditions.      In a hastily convened press conference at Qantas' Mascot headquarters, CEO Alan Joyce answered our questions about the A380 explosion. Qantas says it h...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2010 6 Comments

  • Update: A380 concerns mean more delays

    Update: As a result of inspections, Qantas has confirmed the cause of the QF32's engine failure. The failure of Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engine appears to have happened in the intermediate pressure turbine.  Air Transport World reports that certain clues point to an oil fire occurring withi...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Update: Singapore resumes A380 flights

    Update: After halting flights yesterday, Singapore Airlines are now putting their A380s back in the skies. A spokeswoman has said that the 11 planes have been checked and are all safe to fly. Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the Australian government are still investigating what caused the engine damage ...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2010 1 Comment


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