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Old November 23rd, 2010, 12:37 AM   #2301
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Read my posts carefully: I did not say the use of "scairbus" is prohibited. I said the conversation should end now.

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 02:30 AM   #2302
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Qantas says it will resume its Airbus flights this weekend. (AAP)

Qantas has announced it will resume some Airbus A380 flights this Saturday after checking the engines on its fleet of the superjumbos.

The airline grounded its A380 fleet after a Rolls-Royce engine on one of the planes exploded in mid-air over Indonesia earlier this month.

The first flight on Saturday will be QF31 from Sydney to London via Singapore.

Speaking this morning, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the decision had been made after an intensive engine inspection program carried out alongside Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

In a statement, the airline said it would initially operate only one A380 on routes between Australia and the UK.

"Initially, Qantas will operate a single A380 on routes between Australia and the United Kingdom. As more A380s return to service, Qantas will assess when and how best to deploy them," the airline said.

The statement said the aircraft's engines would be run at below full power until further notice.

"In line with its conservative approach to operational safety, Qantas is voluntarily suspending A380 services on routes that regularly require use of maximum certified engine thrust and will do so until further operational experience is gained or possible additional changes are made to engines," the statement said.

"This is an operational decision by Qantas and pilots still have access to maximum certified thrust if they require it during flight. It is not a manufacturer's directive."

Qantas shares were up 2 cents to $2.65 after Mr Joyce's annoucement.

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:51 AM   #2303
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So the A380 coming back into service will use the original Rolls Royce engines?
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:49 AM   #2304
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So the A380 coming back into service will use the original Rolls Royce engines?
I think some have been changed and some have been modified. Qantas will also have two new a380's delivered in the next two months.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:48 PM   #2305
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Los Angeles remains off limits to Qantas A380s
24 November 2010
The Sydney Morning Herald

QANTAS is likely to have to wait months before it can fly its flagship A380 superjumbos on its key long-haul route between Australia and the US, in a boost to V Australia and two US airlines.

Although Qantas will return two A380s to service this week, they will be flying only between Australia and London because their Rolls-Royce engines will be operated at a reduced thrust setting.

A thrust of less than 72,000 pounds means the A380s would have difficulty with maximum weight takeoffs from Los Angeles and flying into a headwind on a journey that can take up to 15 hours. The passenger loads on the A380s would have to be reduced by about 150 if they were flown at a reduced thrust across the Pacific.

Qantas would not say when it will resume A380 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles but insiders expect it could take between three and six months. "It will have a material impact on Qantas," one said.

It means Qantas will be forced to operate more of its ageing fleet of 747-400s - some of which are due to be retired shortly - on the US route. They are less appealing than the A380s because they lack products such as lie-flat beds in business class. The other three airlines on the route have lie-flat beds in their business cabins.

The A380s had helped Qantas appeal to lucrative corporate travellers, differentiating it from Virgin Blue's long-haul offshoot, V Australia, as well as United Airlines and Delta.

Before it grounded its A380 fleet after a mid-air engine explosion on November 4, Qantas had trumpeted the A380 as "so successful it is effectively a destination in its own right".

Macquarie Equities estimates the grounding has cost Qantas about $20 million. It also said it was "slightly concerned" that Qantas would lose passengers to other airlines during the peak Christmas period.

Qantas's chief executive, Alan Joyce, said it would not fly the A380s to the US until it was "100 per cent sure" of the performance of the aircraft operating their engines at the extra thrust settings.

The airline will take delivery of two new A380s from Airbus before Christmas, which means it could have four superjumbos flying to London via Singapore during the peak summer period.

However, it will keep four other A380s - including the Nancy-Bird Walton, which suffered the "uncontained engine failure" almost three weeks ago - grounded until replacement engines can be found.

Qantas conceded it "could be some time away" before 16 engines identified as having "a bigger likelihood of having a problem" were changed.

It has already replaced two engines on the first A380 due back in service on Saturday.

Mr Joyce would not put a final figure on what the grounding of the fleet had cost, but he said Qantas would be be seeking compensation from Rolls-Royce.

The rescheduling of aircraft to fill the gaps in its network from the A380 grounding has reduced its overall capacity by about 4 per cent. Shares in Qantas closed up 1¢ at $2.64.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:08 PM   #2306
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Qantas commended for A380 action
23 November 2010
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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has praised the way Qantas has handled the problems with its A380 fleet.

Extensive checks have been carried out since the fleet was grounded after an engine blowout on one of its planes over Indonesia earlier this month.

The airline has announced two super jumbos will gradually begin flying again, starting on Saturday.

Another two new aircraft will be in service for the Christmas rush.

CASA's director of aviation safety, John McCormick, says Qantas has done everything by the book.

"If you think what Qantas has done here, they've grounded these airplanes, and in reality if we were concerned, the most serious action we could take would be to ground the aircraft," he said.

"So CASA in that respect would've only done what Qantas did. So Qantas is to be commended for their proactive action in doing that."

Mr McCormick says passengers should not be worried about getting on Qantas A380s again.

"We would not let it fly and neither would Qantas if we thought there were serious issues. But the airline is taking a cautious approach by only resuming Sydney-to-London flights," he said.

"It's voluntarily suspended its Sydney-to-LA route because the superjumbos may need to use full thrust for take-off.

"I will stress though there is no limit on the engine. The engine can be used at those thrust levels."

Mr McCormick says CASA has approved the airline's decision to return to the skies.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says as the Los Angeles route normally uses a higher thrust power, "we think it's sensible to have that restriction".

A380 captain Richard Woodward says the restriction is likely just a precaution.

"I'd say it's a confidence-building exercise to get the airplanes back on a route that doesn't require full power, and they can monitor aircraft and we don't have to load it right up and fly all the way across the ocean using full power for take-off," he said.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 11:53 PM   #2307
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If a person has a reason to use Scairbus as term used for the French aerospace company, it should be allow if he gives legitimate reasons why he uses it Same goes with a person calling Boeing, Scairboeing.
Scairbus or AIRBUS is a European (not french) company , it is a subsidiary of EADS (and not FADS!!!!)
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Old November 24th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #2308
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Old November 25th, 2010, 06:11 AM   #2309
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Emirates says no drop in A380 passenger demand
24 November 2010

PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The head of Emirates Airlines said passengers showed no signs of being scared to fly on the world's largest airliner after an engine blowout on a Qantas A380, but that both Rolls-Royce and Airbus would review designs.

Asked whether there had been any drop in bookings as a result of the highly publicised Nov. 4 engine explosion, Emirates President Tim Clark said "no" and predicted that Rolls-Royce would resolve problems in "one or two months".

Emirates' 14 A380s are still flying because they have different engines from the type which forced a fully laden A380 to return to Singapore. Its engines are supplied by Engine Alliance, owned by GE and Pratt & Whitney .

As the largest buyer of the A380, with another 76 on order, Emirates is likely to be kept in the loop on any major developments in the fleet, though Clark said he did not have a complete picture of the changes required on Rolls engines.

"Let's not downplay this. It will have to result in modifications and changes to a large number of engines and there will be difficulties, but in the end Rolls-Royce will get a fix on this. There are perhaps issues with design and control," he said on Wednesday.

Emirates uses Rolls engines on part of its fleet.

Airbus said two fragments of the inner left engine which blew apart over Indonesia severed two electric cables in the wing. Pilots were later unable to shut it down as a result.

The disclosure has raised the prospect that some A380 systems would be re-routed, but authorities have so far only ordered checks on Rolls engines, and the most visible pressure remains on the UK company to identify a fix and upgrade engines.

"I am sure Airbus will look at this. They left some dead areas around the engine," Clark said.

He paid tribute to the safety margins on board the A380, which was not designed to cope with an uncontained engine failure, as well as the reactions of Qantas pilots.

"When I heard this I thought goodness me, this is an airplane designed for fuel optimisation, range and lightness of weight and yet it was robust enough to take this blowout," he said. "Manufacturers build planes to be safe to the nth power."

A350 DELAY

Clark said Airbus faced a problem in re-jigging A380 output to cope with a potential shortage of Rolls-Royce engines. Rolls is considering diverting some engines from the A380 assembly line to supply existing Rolls operators in the A380 fleet -- Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa .

Emirates is about to take a 15th A380 aircraft and its next is not due until September 2011. But this date cannot be shifted forward because customised cabin fittings like showers, which Emirates offers in first class, will not be ready, Clark said.

He also mentioned the possibility that deliveries could be delayed as Airbus tries to clear a backlog of aircraft which will by then have received upgraded Rolls engines, adding: "If that happens we will have a discussion."

In a further blow for the planemaker, Clark said he expected deliveries of the future mid-sized A350 to be delayed by a year.

Airbus this month pushed back the project by a few months but said it still expected to make the first delivery to Qatar Airways in the second half of 2013.

"I think it will face a few delays. I won't be surprised if we get our first aircraft a year late," Clark said. The current schedule calls for first delivery to Emirates in 2014 or 2015.

Clark said he hoped Airbus would reconsider the design of the largest variant of the A350, the A350-1000, to carry more people with extra range. The plane is currently designed to carry 350 people 8,300 nautical miles, or 15,372 kilometres.
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PARIS, Nov 25, 2010 (AFP) - Gulf flag-carrier Qatar Airways is considering ordering more A380 superjumbos from European planemaker Airbus, the airline's chief executive Akbar Al Baker said Thursday.

"We have five A380s on order. Definitely, we will consider increasing this order," he told a news conference in Paris, in a welcome bit of good news for the manufacturer after recent engine problems with its twin-deck flagship.

Akbar Al Baker did not say how many more A380s, which are built at Airbus' main plant in the southern French city of Toulouse and sell for around US$340 million apiece, depending on the equipment installed.

Qatar Airways is one of the world's fastest growing airlines, expanding its fleet from four to 94 aircraft in 13 years, and with orders for 200 more from Airbus and its US rival Boeing worth US$40 billion (30 billion euros).

It is also a key early customer for the A380, the world's largest passenger jet and the key to Airbus' future.

The first of its five A380s is scheduled for delivery in 2012, by which time Qatar's capital Doha will have a new airport capable of handling the massive jet, which can carry more than 800 passengers.

Three weeks ago, an A380 operated by Australia's Qantas was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its four Rolls-Royce jet engines exploded.

Qantas and Singapore Airlines grounded their fleets for modifications but the Australian airline now says that it has resolved problems with the A380's Trent 900 engines and they will return to the sky on Saturday.

The blast dented the reputation of the A380 as Airbus warned that the incident might delay planned deliveries if Rolls-Royce engine supplies were to be disrupted as a result.

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INTERVIEW: Emirates Shuns Airline Alliances; Seeks New Routes
25 November 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Middle Eastern airline Emirates has no interest in forging alliances with other carriers as it pushes ahead with its strategy of opening new routes to funnel traffic through its hub at Dubai, President Tim Clark said Wednesday.

Many international airlines are lining up to join alliances like SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance as they seek to broaden their route networks and attract new customers.

But hugely profitable Emirates has no interest in linking up with existing partnerships, Clark told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview, as it perceives being alone as a strength. Airlines that choose to belong to alliances "may do so because they believe their survival depends on it," he said. "Maybe their managements don't believe they can go it alone, or they believe that there are huge cost and revenue synergies, and that their problems of profitability will be resolved," he said.

However, he added: "If they want to join us, I don't mind."

Emirates has become something of a pariah among the big legacy carriers in Europe and the U.S. that have accused it of unfair and predatory commercial practices that have allowed it to mop up their customers. They argue that Emirates benefits from direct and indirect aid from the government of Dubai, for example, through subsidized fuel and landing fees, low infrastructure costs and cheap financing.

Clark, who was in Paris to "put the record straight" on what he sees as a concerted campaign of denigration by European airlines, dismissed these claims, saying that Emirates is transparent. "If anyone can ever prove we have benefited from one euro of subsidy, I will resign the next day," he said. Competitors are angry because they see Emirates making money on routes that they have ignored, he said.

For example, Emirates has made big inroads into Africa, and has identified massive potential for traffic between that continent and China. Emirates' planes on African routes that other carriers have ignored, such as to Luanda, Tunis and Lagos, are more than 80% full, he said. "I can see China to Africa traffic on my radar screen because there's huge demand for Chinese products in Africa and huge Chinese interest in Africa's mineral wealth. Anyone who can't see that shouldn't be running an airline."

Clark said Emirates will pursue its ambitious network expansion in other parts of the globe. The airline has launched six new destinations since April, and has over 202 aircraft on order--of which 62 were ordered in the six months through September, including 32 Airbus A380 superjumbos. The additional capacity will more than double its fleet size in coming years. Clark brushed aside accusations that Emirates' voracious appetite will create overcapacity in the industry, saying that the company needs the planes as quickly as possible to feed the new routes that it plans to open. Besides, he said, 70 aircraft will be retired over the next four years.

Emirates currently has a service to Moscow, and St. Petersburg "is on the radar screen," Clark said. Opening up a route to Kiev in Ukraine is also in the cards, he said.

Clark said Emirates is continuing to talk to Boeing Co. (BA) about its next generation of wide-bodied aircraft with the capacity of the current 777. "We want a plane that can go non-stop to the west coast of the U.S. in a 16 1/2-hour trip with a 45- to 50-ton payload and with a fuel burn improvement," he said. Emirates would like the new plane to be about the same size as the current 777, he said. "It could be composite or aluminum-lithium, I don't mind. These days, I'm not sure which is the right way to go."

Boeing has encountered major delays in developing its new 787 Dreamliner, which relies more on weight-saving composite materials than any previous commercial aircraft.

Clark said Emirates has no interest in starting up a low-fare long-haul airline, though he acknowledges that a strong business case can be made for being able to operate an 850-seat A380 between London's Stansted airport and Melbourne, Australia, with fares at a fraction of the cost of those on the legacy carriers.

Clark said the second half of Emirates' financial year that ends on March 31, 2011 "is looking very good." Forward bookings through March "are "extremely robust," both in economy and premium cabins, he said.
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Qantas CEO's A380 Flight Caps `Textbook' Handling of Crisis
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By Robert Fenner - Nov 25, 2010

Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce will be onboard tomorrow as the carrier flies its first Airbus SAS A380 service since a mid-air engine explosion. That commitment helped persuade Mark Ritson to push ahead with a similar trip.

“I couldn’t be more confident,” said Ritson, a University of Melbourne professor, who is flying to London with his wife on Nov. 29. “I think it will be a safer plane than before.”

Joyce’s flight follows the five press briefings and at least six radio and television interviews he has given since grounding his six A380s hours after the Nov. 4 engine blowup. The swift action and public appearances have helped Sydney-based Qantas retain travelers’ confidence, said Robert Heath, who has consulted on crisis management for more than 20 years.

“It is a textbook example of how to handle the situation,” said Heath, an associate professor at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. “When you have a crisis, you have to give a measured response and make sure you are prepared like he was.”

Joyce, 44, who became CEO about two years ago, announced the withdrawal of the superjumbos in a televised press conference after an A380 made an emergency landing in Singapore. The Rolls-Royce Group Plc-powered aircraft touched down with the rear of an engine cover blown away and damage to a wing and its fuselage. No one onboard was hurt.

New A380s

The carrier, which has never had a fatal jet crash, will resume flights with only one of its 450-seat planes. Another will follow next week. Two new A380s will also enter service within the next month. The airline is working with Rolls-Royce on modifying as many as 16 powerplants following inspections prompted by the engine blow-up.

Qantas “will not fly any individual aircraft unless we are completely sure that it is safe to do so,” Joyce said in an e- mail sent to members of the carrier’s roughly 7-million strong frequent flyer program. Joyce, who has also talked about the planes on Youtube, wasn’t available for an interview, spokesman Simon Rushton said.

Qantas shares were unchanged at A$2.67 at 11:31 a.m. in Sydney. The stock has fallen 7 percent since Nov. 3, the day before the engine explosion. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index declined 2.5 percent in the same period.

The carrier has used substitute planes, including Boeing Co. 747s, to maintain services usually flown by the A380s, which represent 17 percent of its international capacity.

The disruptions may have cost Qantas A$60 million ($59 million) in lost sales and costs such as chartering planes, most of which it will likely be able to recoup from Rolls-Royce, UBS AG analyst Simon Mitchell said in a Nov. 23 note to clients. Joyce said the same day it was “too early” to say whether the airline will seek compensation from the engine-maker or how much. Rolls-Royce officials in London didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

Highest Ratings

Mitchell affirmed a buy rating on Qantas, a recommendation made by 13 of the 14 analysts tracked by Bloomberg. The carrier’s average analyst rating trails only Rio Tinto Group among Australia’s 100 biggest companies by market value.

“Getting his backside on the plane is exactly the right thing” for Joyce to do, said Ritson, a marketing professor who works for clients including LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and Adidas AG. “From the start Joyce was on top of it.”

Joyce’s high profile contrasts with Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda’s handling of U.S. recalls that began last year. Toyoda didn’t hold a press conference after the company announced defects with 3.8 million vehicles in September, 2009 and then waited more than a week to give a briefing after a separate recall covering 2.3 million cars in January. U.S. sales chief Jim Lentz and Executive Vice President Shinichi Sasaki instead spoke for the company.

Toyoda’s Absence

Toyoda’s absence hurt Toyota because the company wasn’t seen to be addressing the issues, said Ritson. The Toyota brand’s share of U.S. auto sales fell to 13 percent in the first 10 months of this year from 15 percent a year earlier.

“Toyoda really should have been out in front from the beginning,” said Tadashi Usui, a Tokyo-based analyst at Moody’s Japan K.K. “In any type of crisis the unfolding can change dramatically depending on how it’s dealt with at the outset.”

Joyce’s appearances haven’t prevented Qantas from falling 7 percent since Nov. 3 in Sydney trading, compared with a 2.7 percent decline for the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index. A Boeing 747 operated by Qantas also returned to Singapore a day after the A380 blowout because of an engine fire. At least two other Qantas planes have also turned back since then because of faults.

“I’m pretty impressed with how they have handled it but that only goes so far,” said Ronald Bishop, senior lecturer in aviation at Central Queensland University, who was a U.S. Air Force engineer for more than 20 years. Any more faults and “everybody in Australia and around the world would be looking at Qantas and asking themselves questions,” he said.

Aer Lingus

Joyce, who grew up in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, worked for an Irish computer company before joining national carrier Aer Lingus Group Plc. He stayed there for eight years before moving to now-defunct Australian carrier Ansett in 1996.

He joined Qantas in 2001 and two years later founded budget unit Jetstar to help fend off competition from Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. The low-cost arm, which charges for onboard snacks and inflight entertainment, is now more profitable than Qantas’ mainline operations.

“He gets people to raise their game and he makes people feel special,” said Conor McCarthy, who worked with Joyce at Aer Lingus before becoming CEO of Dublin Aerospace and a board member at AirAsia Bhd. “I think customers will have a lot of confidence that he was taking the right decisions.”
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Airbus chief Enders sees A380 as industry standard for coming decades
26 November 2010

BERLIN (AP) - The CEO and president of Airbus says he expects the company's A380 jumbo to become an industry standard that will sell up to 800 planes in the coming decades.

Tom Enders predicted at an economic conference in Berlin on Friday that the Airbus A380 will become the standard large plane in the skies, in the same way that Boeing's 747 jumbo jet has in the past.

Enders told participants he is "counting on us building more than 700, 800" of the planes in the next 40 to 50 years.

He made no comment on the incident involving a Qantas A380 three weeks ago in which one of its engines blew out.
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Posted: 27 November 2010 1150 hrs

SYDNEY: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce will join passengers for the first leg of flight QF31 to London via Singapore, as one of Qantas' Airbus A380 superjumbos resumes flying Saturday.

The A380 was back in the skies three weeks after a mid-air engine blast grounded the fleet for intensive safety checks.

Qantas suspended its six A380s, which fly long-haul routes to London and Los Angeles, after a superjumbo's engine blew up on November 4, forcing an emergency landing in Singapore.

Checks revealed problems with 16 of the total 24 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powering Qantas's A380s -- four per plane -- meaning the turbines would have to be replaced or modified.

"The decision to restore A380 services follows an intensive Trent 900 engine inspection program carried out in close consultation with Rolls-Royce and Airbus," it said in a statement this week.

"Together with the engine and aircraft manufacturers and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Qantas is now satisfied that it can begin reintroducing A380s to its international network progressively."

Only two of Qantas's A380s will initially return to service, with the airline taking delivery of two new superjumbos before the year's end and another two in early 2011.

The planes remain barred from trans-Pacific flights to Los Angeles because of the extra engine thrust required.

Qantas, which has never suffered a fatal crash in the jet age, had visiting English football star David Beckham pose on an A380 for the media this week, while Airbus ran full-page newspaper ads for the plane on Saturday.

A Qantas spokeswoman said the 450-seat A380 was virtually full for the flight, which leaves at 5:30 pm (0630 GMT).

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