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Old November 5th, 2010, 01:57 PM   #2221
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Remember Rolls Royce's don't break down...they just fail to proceed...can be a problem if your at altitude?
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If it could be a Engine problem then it should have occure the time of Delivery of Aircrafts or during 6-7 times of flights duration...it seems it didnt problem of Engines made by RR since Emirates is using the same Engines....It could be either Maintenance or other reason...

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3 Airlines Halt A380 Flights Over Engine Explosion
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HONG KONG — Three airlines suspended flights of Airbus A380 superjumbo jetliners on Thursday after an engine on a Qantas plane blew apart shortly after takeoff from Singapore.

Debris fell on an Indonesian island, and the plane, with more than 450 people aboard, spent 90 tense minutes circling with its three remaining engines, dumping fuel and preparing for an emergency landing back in Singapore. The episode ended with passengers cheering and praising the flight crew for maintaining calm. There were no reported injuries.

Justin Dubon, an Airbus spokesman in France, said it was the first uncontained engine failure and the most serious problem experienced by the A380, which entered service in 2007. Such a failure is extremely rare and occurs when components fly off the main engine housing, often with explosive force.

Qantas — Australia’s largest carrier — Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa each canceled flights. Qantas, with six of the A380s, and Singapore, with 11, grounded their fleets. Lufthansa, which has three A380s, called off a late-night flight from Frankfurt. On Friday morning, Singapore Airlines resumed flying its A380s.

The European Aviation Safety Agency, which regulates Airbus and the engine’s maker, Rolls-Royce, said it was working closely with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to determine the cause. “We take this issue very seriously,” said Jeremie Teahan, an agency spokesman in Cologne, Germany.

The A380 can seat up to 800 passengers. Currently, 37 are being flown by five airlines. The 20 operated by Qantas, Singapore and Lufthansa all use the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Seventeen others operated by Air France and Emirates use a different engine.

The 37 planes have completed roughly 21,400 flights, said Mr. Dubon, the Airbus spokesman. Previous mechanical problems with the A380 have been relatively minor, involving fuel and braking systems, Mr. Dubon said.

Flight 32 was minutes into its route to Sydney when the engine blew out.

One passenger said he heard a noise “like a bang, like a shotgun going off, like a big, loud gun.”

“My whole body just went to jelly,” the passenger, Tyler Wooster, told Australia’s Nine Network, “and I didn’t know what was going to happen as we were going down, if we were going to be O.K.”

Passengers said the flight crew made frequent and reassuring announcements. Some took cellphone video of smoke pouring from under the left wing.

The flight was set upon by emergency crews after it returned to Changi International Airport in Singapore about 11:45 a.m. Local news media broadcast images of the charred No. 2 engine — the inside engine on the left wing — being doused by fire engines. Television images from the island of Batam in Indonesia showed people holding large chunks of metal, some bearing the red and white paint of the Qantas insignia.

Photographs taken by several passengers from inside the plane and posted on the Internet showed at least two large punctures on the upper side of the wing, with bits of metal skin protruding.

“It looks like there are a couple of pretty good sized holes with the metal blown out,” said William R. Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, based in Alexandria, Va. “That almost certainly means that debris came up through the bottom of the wing.”

Alan Joyce, Qantas’s chief executive, said the airline would suspend the A380s “until we are confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met,” according to a statement on the airline’s Web site. But he said that the episode would not affect Qantas’s current order for 14 more A380s.

In a statement, Rolls-Royce, based in London, said the company felt it was “prudent to recommend that a number of basic precautionary engine checks are performed,” given that the Trent 900 engine had been in service for only three years. It added that “it would be inappropriate to draw any conclusions” so early in the investigation.

Nicholas Ionides, a Singapore Airlines spokesman, said that based on the Rolls-Royce advice, the airline was temporarily suspending flights by its A380s.

A Lufthansa spokesman, Aage Dünhaupt, said that an A380 that flew from Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon for Tokyo would undergo an inspection of its engines after landing on Friday. Josh Rosenstock, a Rolls-Royce spokesman, declined to give further details about the types of inspection it was recommending. (Rolls-Royce is a separate company from the carmaker, a subsidiary of BMW.)

The episode represents a fresh setback for Rolls-Royce after a different engine model, designed to power Boeing’s long-awaited 787 Dreamliner, had an uncontained failure that caused minor damage to a testing center in August. The failure of that engine, a Trent 1000, led Boeing to postpone deliveries for the 787 — already two years
behind schedule — until early next year.

Qantas, an airline with a reputation for safety, has experienced several problems this year. In late March, a Qantas Boeing 747 bound for Singapore returned to Sydney after a pilot reported mechanical problems that affected one of the plane’s engines, according to Australian news media. On March 31, the airline reported that a brake had locked up as an A380 landed in Sydney, causing two tires to blow out.

On Aug. 31, the airline reported a “catastrophic failure” in an engine of a 747 flying from San Francisco to Sydney, according to the newspaper The Australian. The jetliner returned safely to San Francisco.


Kevin Drew reported from Hong Kong, and Nicola Clark from Paris.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #2224
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Air France Says An A380 Was Damaged On Its Parking Stand
5 November 2010

PARIS -(Dow Jones)- French airline Air France-KLM (AFLYY, AF.FR) said Thursday that one of its four A380 superjumbos was damaged in a collision while it was parked at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on Oct. 30.

The double-decker aircraft's tail cone was damaged by the wingtip of an Air France A330 that was taxiing, a spokeswoman for the airline told Dow Jones Newswires.

The official said the A380 that was being used on the airline's route between Paris and New York will be out of service for two weeks while the damaged tail cone is being repaired. After inspection, the A330 has been put back into service, the spokeswoman said.

In accordance with French air safety rules, the ground accident involving the two planes has been notified to France's aviation accident investigation agency.

The news of the Air France mishap follows a more serious in-flight incident earlier in the day involving an A380 operated by Australian airline Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU). The plane, with more than 450 people on board, was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore after one of its four Rolls Royce engines exploded. The plane landed safely on three engines, and Qantas has grounded its fleet of A380s until precautionary checks have been carried out.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 01:32 PM   #2225
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I doubt outsourcing has to do with it, since those companies service other airlines and you don't see their engines exploding and falling apart.
exactly.

the plane that was involved in the A380 incident was serviced abroad, but the engine was not part of the check. the engines are checked by the manufacturer, but it was too early for an engine check.

and the B747 with the engine problem was serviced in australia anyway.
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TIMELINE-The Airbus A380's entry into service

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Here is a timeline on the A380 superjumbo's entry into service. One of the double-decker planes flown by Australia's Qantas was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday after an engine fire.

Jan 18, 2005 - French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among more than 5,000 guests invited to Toulouse, France, for a ceremony to "reveal" the A380.

April 27, 2005 - The A380 completes a maiden flight lasting nearly four hours.

June 1, 2005 - Airbus delays initial deliveries of the A380 by up to six months.

Oct. 3, 2006 - Parent firm EADS delays A380 deliveries by an additional year and says Airbus will not see an operating profit on the A380 until 2010.

Oct. 25, 2007 - The A380 makes its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

March 18, 2008 - A Singapore Airlines A380 leaves Singapore for London, marking the A380's first commercial flight to Europe.

April 29, 2008 - Airbus announces a major review of A380 production plans but says it remains confident of meeting delivery targets which are now running almost two years behind schedule. Production problems relate mainly to wiring in the aircraft.

July 28, 2008 - Emirates becomes only the second carrier to receive an A380, the first of 58 it has ordered. It rewards Airbus with a further aircraft order worth $13 billion. Feb. 3, 2009 - Korean Air orders two more Airbus A380 planes, bringing sales to 200.

Sept. 27, 2009 - A Singapore Airlines A380 is forced to turn back to Paris after one of its four Rolls-Royce engines failed.

March 1, 2010 - Emirates announces the first A380 operation to China. March 31, 2010 - A Qantas A380 bursts two tyres while landing at Sydney Airport sending showers of sparks and flames flying from its undercarriage. June 4, 2010 - Airbus delivers its 30th A380, the seventh so far in 2010, and says it is on course to reach a target to deliver at least 20 in 2010.

Nov. 4, 2010 - Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines suspend flights of the Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine failure forces an emergency landing in Singapore. For a graphic on the incident click on

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Jason Neely)
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If it could be a Engine problem then it should have occure the time of Delivery of Aircrafts or during 6-7 times of flights duration...it seems it didnt problem of Engines made by RR since Emirates is using the same Engines....It could be either Maintenance or other reason...
emirates dont use rolls royce engines on their a380
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TIMELINE-The Airbus A380's entry into service

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Here is a timeline on the A380 superjumbo's entry into service. One of the double-decker planes flown by Australia's Qantas was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday after an engine fire.

Jan 18, 2005 - French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among more than 5,000 guests invited to Toulouse, France, for a ceremony to "reveal" the A380.

April 27, 2005 - The A380 completes a maiden flight lasting nearly four hours.

June 1, 2005 - Airbus delays initial deliveries of the A380 by up to six months.

Oct. 3, 2006 - Parent firm EADS delays A380 deliveries by an additional year and says Airbus will not see an operating profit on the A380 until 2010.

Oct. 25, 2007 - The A380 makes its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

March 18, 2008 - A Singapore Airlines A380 leaves Singapore for London, marking the A380's first commercial flight to Europe.

April 29, 2008 - Airbus announces a major review of A380 production plans but says it remains confident of meeting delivery targets which are now running almost two years behind schedule. Production problems relate mainly to wiring in the aircraft.

July 28, 2008 - Emirates becomes only the second carrier to receive an A380, the first of 58 it has ordered. It rewards Airbus with a further aircraft order worth $13 billion. Feb. 3, 2009 - Korean Air orders two more Airbus A380 planes, bringing sales to 200.

Sept. 27, 2009 - A Singapore Airlines A380 is forced to turn back to Paris after one of its four Rolls-Royce engines failed.

March 1, 2010 - Emirates announces the first A380 operation to China. March 31, 2010 - A Qantas A380 bursts two tyres while landing at Sydney Airport sending showers of sparks and flames flying from its undercarriage. June 4, 2010 - Airbus delivers its 30th A380, the seventh so far in 2010, and says it is on course to reach a target to deliver at least 20 in 2010.

Nov. 4, 2010 - Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines suspend flights of the Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine failure forces an emergency landing in Singapore. For a graphic on the incident click on

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Jason Neely)
So the incident last week is the second time a Rolls Royce engine had failed.

Is the QF A380 in the incident of March 1st the same one as the one of November 4th?
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no. it is the third incident with this engine. lufthansa had a problem with one engine on a flight from tokyo to frankfurt a few weeks ago. they managed to reach frankfurt with 3 engines.
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Skymark (Japan) signs Letter of Intent for six A380s

The lowcast carrier Skymark said, it will buy 4 A380 planes, with an option on two more.

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New Oil Leaks Keep Qantas Airbus Jets Grounded

By MERAIAH FOLEY
Published: November 8, 2010



SYDNEY, Australia — Qantas Airways will keep its fleet of six Airbus A380s grounded for at least another 72 hours after oil leaks were discovered in the engines of three separate aircraft, the company’s chief executive said on Monday.The move comes as investigators worked to pinpoint the cause of a dramatic mid-air explosion that forced a Qantas jetliner to make an emergency landing last week. The grounding of the A380s has delayed dozens of flights and forced Qantas, Australia’s largest carrier, to charter aircraft from British Airways to meet the backlog.

Alan Joyce, the airline’s chief executive officer, said that engineers working over the weekend had spotted oil leaks in the turbine area of engines on three planes.

The investigation began after a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine powering one of Qantas’ A380s burst apart during a flight from Singapore to Sydney on Nov. 4, scattering wreckage over Indonesia’s Batam island. The plane, with more than 450 people on board, landed safely in Singapore.

“The oil leaks were beyond normal tolerances,” Mr. Joyce told a news conference. Earlier, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio, Mr. Joyce said investigators had uncovered “slight anomalies, oil where oil shouldn’t be on the engines.”

“These are new engines on new aircraft, and they shouldn’t have these issues at this stage,” Mr. Joyce told the ABC. “It has given us an indication of an area to focus into.”

Qantas shares fell by as much as 4.2 percent in trading on Monday, but finished the day 2.1 percent lower, closing at $2.83. Shares in Rolls-Royce Group PLC, a London-based aeronautics, energy and defense company, have fallen by more than 10 percent since the Nov. 4 incident.

The two companies are cooperating in the investigation, which also involves the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the European Aviation Safety Agency, which regulates Airbus and Rolls-Royce. Qantas has vowed to keep all of its A380s on the ground until it is certain the planes are safe to fly.

Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, the two other carriers that use Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 engines in their A380s, also briefly grounded their planes following last week’s engine failure. Both airlines have since resumed flights after completing their own investigations.

Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman for Singapore Airlines, said it had not discovered any oil leaks of the kind described by Qantas.

“We completed engine inspections on all 11 of our A380 aircraft and did not find anything of concern,” Mr. Ionides said. “The findings of the inspections were reviewed with Rolls-Royce. Our A380 operations are meanwhile continuing as per normal.”

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has appealed to Indonesian authorities for help finding a piece of the engine’s shattered turbine disc — a tire-shaped metal plate about 3 feet in diameter.

“The recovery of that disc could be crucial to a full understanding of the nature of the engine failure, and may have implications for the prevention of future similar occurrences,” the bureau said in a statement Sunday.

Several pieces of engine debris that were strewn across Batam island have already been sent to Britain for examination, the agency said.

Nicola Clark contributed reporting from Paris.


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The lowcast carrier Skymark said, it will buy 4 A380 planes, with an option on two more.

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A major achievement for Airbus, and a major milestone of A380!!
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4 planes is a "major achievement" and "milestone"? Wouldn't that of been when Emirates ordered like 50 A380's?
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4 planes is a "major achievement" and "milestone"? Wouldn't that of been when Emirates ordered like 50 A380's?
Maybe what he meant was a major achievement for an LCC to purchase A380s...and that Airbus is starting to have a foothold on Japan carriers, long dominated by Boeing.

It seems Skymark is not just planning to stop at 4 A380s...considering they have only 16 738s...


Japanese budget carrier to build superjumbo fleet

A low-fare Japanese airline plans to acquire six Airbus A380 superjumbos as it develops an international route network in competition with full-service rivals ANA and Japan Airlines.

Skymark is little known outside Japan, but its ambitious plans and a $2.8 billion commitment to the new Airbus fleet could help set it on a global footing at a time when low cost carriers like AirAsia X and Jetstar are starting to spread their wings on long-haul routes. Currently it flies just 16 Boeing 737-800s.

For the aviation industry, the news is significant: Airbus' US rival Boeing has a near monopoly on Japanese airline fleets.

"Skymark Airlines signed a basic agreement with Airbus on the introduction of the Airbus A380," the carrier said in a statement. "The company plans to sign the contract on purchasing six aircraft, including an option on two aircraft, in the spring of next year."

Skymark is based at Tokyo's Haneda which has recently undergone a transformation into a full international airport, but restrictions on A380 flights from Haneda may force it to base the giant aircraft at Narita.

It has yet to disclose its international route priorities, but says offshore flights will commence in 2014.

Skymark was founded in 1996, its first flight taking off in 1998. It boats 1400 employees and flies about 3 million passengers annually to destinations including Sapporo, Fukuoaka, Kobe and Okinawa.
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SYDNEY -- Singapore Airlines pulled three of its A380 superjumbos from service Wednesday after tests uncovered problems with the planes' Rolls-Royce engines less than a week after an engine on a Qantas A380 exploded shortly after take-off.

Tests revealed oil stains in three engines on three of the airline's A380s, Singapore Airlines said in a statement. The planes, in Melbourne, Sydney and London, will be flown to Singapore, where they'll be fitted with new engines, the airline said.

"We apologise to our customers for flight disruptions that may result and we seek their understanding," airline spokesman Nicholas Ionides said in a statement.

Last week, Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s - the world's newest and largest airliner - after one of the aircraft's Rolls-Royce engines burst during a flight from Singapore to Sydney. The explosion showered debris over Indonesia's Batam island. The plane, carrying 466 people, made a safe emergency landing in Singapore.

On Monday, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said tests had uncovered oil leaks in the turbine area of three engines on three different A380s. All six of the Australian airline's A380s remained grounded Wednesday.

London-based Rolls-Royce, an aerospace, power systems and defense company that is separate from the manufacturer of Rolls-Royce cars, had recommended a series of checks for the Trent 900 engines that are used in the A380s operated by Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa.

Singapore Airlines grounded its entire fleet of 11 A380s following last Thursday's engine explosion on Qantas. After initial checks, Singapore returned those to service on Friday. However, on Wednesday, based on fresh analysis of the tests, Singapore took three of its A380s out of service again, due to oil stain results.

Singapore's eight other A380s, also flying with Trent 900 engines, remain in service.

Bryony Duncan-Smith, a Sydney-based spokeswoman for Singapore Airlines, said she did not know whether the oil staining found in the Singapore engines was similar to the oil leaks found on the Qantas planes.

The affected engines will all be replaced with Trent 900s, Duncan-Smith said. The airline does not know how long that will take, she said.

Rolls-Royce did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Wednesday. On Monday, it issued a statement saying it had made progress in understanding what caused the Qantas engine to burst, but offered no details on what that cause might be.

Joyce said Monday that Qantas was focusing its investigation on the oil leaks, which he said were abnormal and should not be occurring on new engines.

Singapore said the engine changes don't affect its eight other A380s at this point.

The Qantas and Singapore incidents are not the first problems Rolls-Royce have faced with its engines. In September 2009, a Singapore Airlines A380 was forced to return to Paris mid-flight after an engine malfunction. Last August, a Lufthansa crew shut down one of its engines as a precaution before landing in Frankfurt after receiving confusing information on a cockpit indicator.

On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency said it was closely monitoring the probe into the Qantas incident. The agency issued orders twice this year advising airlines about extra inspections or repairs needed for the Trent 900s.

A380s flown by Emirates and Air France are instead kitted out by the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney.
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Malaysian Airline CEO: No Plans To Defer A380 Order
10 November 2010

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) said Wednesday that it will keep its order for Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for now, despite recent problems relating to an engine blowout on a Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) A380 last week.

"At this point, it is premature to speculate on the actual cause of the engine failure. As such, we have no plans to either defer the A380, or re-evaluate our choice of engine," Chief Executive Azmil Zahruddin told Dow Jones Newswires.

The national carrier has six A380 planes on order with the first to be delivered in the first half of 2012. The planes are to be powered by Rolls Royce (RR.LN) Trent 900 engines, the same type of engine on the troubled Qantas jet last week.

Azmil said the airline will monitor the situation "very closely" and is "in touch with the manufacturers." He declined to provide more details.

Another A380-operator, Singapore Airlines (C6L.SG), said Wednesday that it has grounded three of its 11 superjumbo jets to carry out precautionary engine changes. Qantas last week grounded all six of its A380s following the engine blowout on one of its planes.
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EU safety regulator orders A380 engine inspection

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Europe's aviation regulator said fire from an oil leak was the likely cause of last week's engine failure of a Qantas A380 plane and ordered stringent inspections on superjumbos using Rolls-Royce engines.

Qantas said on Thursday it expected its Airbus A380 fleet to remain grounded for at least another 48 hours as investigations continued into last week's mid-air engine failure.

Singapore Airlines, which also powers its A380 fleet with the Trent 900 engine, said it might need to substitute some of its A380s with smaller aircraft to meet the European directive for more stringent engine checks.

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger aircraft and has been hit by safety concerns after last week's engine blowout, where a Rolls-Royce engine partly disintegrated mid-flight and forced the Qantas plane to make an emergency landing.

"Our A380 aircraft will still be grounded for the next 48 hours. At this stage we have no firm update when the aircraft will be in the air," a Qantas spokeswoman said.

Airlines are now counting the potential financial impact of grounding planes and changing schedules, while aviation experts said the European directive involved a "major" safety inspection which would likely disrupt flight schedules.

EXTENSIVE CHECKS

Rolls-Royce shares have fallen about 10 percent since the Qantas mid-air incident a week ago.

The European Aviation Safety Agency said in its latest airworthiness directive (AD) posted on its website that airlines using Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on A380 aircraft must conduct "repetitive inspections".

The Qantas investigation has focused on oil leaks inside the Rolls-Royce engines.

As a result, airlines would be required to carry out an extended "ground idle run" and inspections of parts of the engine. Inspections would be required for "on-wing" engines initially within 10 flight cycles. A flight cycle is typically one leg of an aircraft's journey such as Sydney to Singapore.

"It would be fair to characterise this as a fairly major inspection regime. It can be done in a number of hours, but you are not talking about a quick turnaround, like two hours, it's like an overnight," said an aviation source.

"It would be difficult to see how this would not disrupt services, but only Singapore and Lufthansa can answer that question."

The A380 engine troubles come as the global airline industry started recovering this year from the 2008 and 2009 economic downturn that drained travel demand and caused airlines to slash capacity and halt orders.

The aviation industry was also growing more confident as airlines in emerging markets stepped up to buy.

Qantas said on Thursday its six A380s would remain grounded for the time being and it was already complying with the new European directive which would now have to be adhered to by other airlines.

Qantas also announced an updated schedule for its international network utilising its 250 aircraft. The airline said there would be minimal disruption to passengers, regardless of when its A380 re-entered service as a result.

SINGAPORE AIR NOT GROUNDING A380S

Singapore Airlines said on Thursday it was in compliance with the safety directives but was not grounding the planes and all its flights were continuing. There were also no plans to change its A380 orders.

A Singapore Airlines spokesman said the European directive meant more stringent checks on the Trent 900 engines but it would swap planes on some routes to maintain flight schedules.

"Sure there will be additional cost involved but we are not at the point where we are even looking at cost. We are not even talking about that right now, because this is a fluid situation still and we are working to manage it from an operational stand point," he said.

Singapore Airlines has 11 A380s in service. It said on Wednesday it would replace engines on three of its A380 planes after finding oil stains on them.

Qantas shares closed 2.5 percent higher in a firmer overall market. Singapore Airlines shares were down 0.6 percent at 0557 GMT.

JPMorgan analysts estimate that a week the A380s were on the ground would cost Qantas A$15-A$20 million ($15-$20 million) in revenue.

Other aviation experts said the checks ordered by Europe could take hours rather than days but would lead to flight disruptions.

"This is very precautionary; what they're doing is taking the most stringent safety requirements until they fully understand the problem -- and it's possible Qantas will still refuse to fly the plan in the interim," said Professor Jason Middleton at the University of New South Wales.
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This is their fourth engine failure. Pretty scary considering that there are only a couple of dozen A380s in service. Coupled with those silly tubes in the A330, I think it would be a good time to buy Boeing stock....
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