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Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines keep their Trent 900s flying

November 4, 2010


Singapore Airlines (SIA/SQ) Airbus A380 (9V-SK...

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While Qantas has grounded its A380 fleet, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines – who also use the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines of the type which failed on the Qantas jet – are watching the situation but are keeping their A380’s flying.

Bloomberg reports:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Singapore Airlines Ltd. said they’ll keep their Airbus SAS A380s flying after Qantas Airways Ltd. grounded its six-strong superjumbo fleet following an engine explosion in mid-flight.

Lufthansa is operating its four A380s as normal, spokesman Boris Ogursky said by telephone, as is Singapore Airlines, which has 11 of the planes, according to a statement. The pair are the only other carriers with superjumbos powered by the same Rolls- Royce Group Plc Trent 900 engines used on the Qantas jet.

Australia’s Qantas will keep its fleet out of service “as long as it takes” after one of the four engines on an A380 failed en route from Singapore to Sydney, Chief Executive Officer Alan Joycesaid today. The pilots performed an emergency landing at Singapore at 11:46 a.m. local time.

Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to operate the A380 and has nine more on order, plus six options, according to its website. All will be powered by Trent 900 turbines.

Lufthansa, based in Cologne, Germany, has ordered 15 A380s, with those already delivered used for services to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. The Rolls engine passed compulsory tests “with flying colors” before delivery, the airline said in May.

Nicholas Ionides, head of corporate communications for Singapore Airlines, told Reuters the airline was liaising closely with its engineering team and manufacturers.


Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates Airline, the biggest single customer of the Airbus A380 aircraft, said Thursday all of its superjumbos are operational and on schedule, after an A380 owned by Qantas Airways (QAN.AU) was forced to make an emergency landing due to an engine failure.

“All of our Emirates A380s are operating as scheduled. Emirates has 13 A380s in operation, powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines,” the company said in an emailed statement.

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