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Old November 29th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #2321
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Old November 30th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #2323
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Old November 30th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #2324
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Cost of Qantas A380 engine drama put at $100m
1 December 2010
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AVIATION: Early estimates of the cost of this month's Qantas A380 engine fiasco exceed $100 million.

The cost to insurers of the damage to the A380 alone is expected to be about $US70m ($72.9m), according to the insurance arm of US-based Aon Group.

This is in addition to costs associated with business losses and disruptions that analysts predict will fall between $26.5m and $60m, after the airline grounded its A380 fleet.

The A380 was damaged when a turbine disk on a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine disintegrated and sent shrapnel tearing through the wing. The debris punched a large hole through its front wing spar, a major structural component of the wing, and slammed into fuel systems, wiring and hydraulics. Qantas says it can be repaired but it is expected to take months to fix and the airline has yet to comment on the cost.

Chief executive Alan Joyce told the ABC's Inside Business program on Sunday that costs were ``ongoing'' because four A380s remained on the ground and there were still restrictions on where the aircraft could fly. ``So the bill is still mounting and when we have a firm number about what that will cost, we will communicate that,'' he said.

Qantas put its first two A380s back into service on the London route over the weekend.

The airline will also seek compensation from Rolls.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #2325
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BA's Walsh confident about Rolls-Royce, A380

MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The head of British Airways expressed confidence in British engine maker Rolls-Royce after a recent mid-air engine blowout, and reaffirmed plans to start taking delivery of Rolls-powered A380s in 2013.

Rolls-Royce has been under scrutiny since a mid-flight failure of its Trent 900 engine on Nov. 4 forced Qantas to ground its A380 fleet temporarily. BA has ordered 12 A380s.

"(Rolls-Royce) has a great track record in developing engines and I have absolute confidence in the aircraft, the engine and the combination of the two," BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh said in an interview with Reuters Insider TV.

Speaking after finalisation of a merger with Spain's Iberia , Walsh said he was confident the global recovery in air traffic would continue in 2011 as economies beyond Europe and the United States continue to move forward.

"For the two major economies, clearly the issue of Europe is sovereign debt and the issue of the United States is the strength or fragility of the economic recovery," he said.

BA and Iberia returned to profits earlier this year thanks to a recovery in premium travel, but analysts fear weakening consumer confidence in Europe could trigger another slowdown in passenger numbers.

Airlines must have the power to adapt their business to unpredictable environments and continued low-cost competition, Walsh said, underscoring the need for further consolidation in the air sector.

BA and Iberia want to use their new company, International Airlines Group, as a platform to drive consolidation of the global air sector.

The $9 billion tie-up, which got shareholder approval on Monday, will create the world's third largest airline by revenue.

However, threats of further strike action cast a shadow over the merger after BA's cabin crew union announced on Monday a ballot for more strikes in a long-running dispute that has cost the airline some 150 million pounds ($233.2 million).

"I'm very confident we'll be able to build on our contingency plans and if we face any further industrial action we will be able to operate most, if not all, of our flights," Walsh said.

By 1354 GMT, BA's shares fell 2.14 percent to 255.6 pence while Iberia's shares were down 1.6 percent at 3.08 euros.

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Old November 30th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #2328
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Old December 1st, 2010, 08:18 AM   #2329
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Air France To Operate Airbus A380 On Paris-Washington Route
30 November 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Air France said Tuesday it plans to start operating its Paris to Washington route with an Airbus A380 superjumbo starting in June next year.

The French airline, part of the Air France-KLM (AF.FR) group, already operates A380 services between Paris and New York, Tokyo and Johannesburg. It has four A380s in its fleet and the delivery of another two next spring will allow it to start flying them to Washington and Montreal in mid-year. No other airline operates an A380 service to Washington so far.

This summer, Air France offered cheap flights on an A380 between Paris and London, a one-hour journey, as part of a crew training exercise.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 12:58 PM   #2330
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PARIS - AIRBUS will replace engines on new A380 superjumbos slated for completion next year to maintain delivery targets, the planemaker's chief operating officer said Wednesday, after an explosion last month revealed problems with some of the plane's Rolls Royce engines.

John Leahy told The Associated Press Airbus is 'on track' to deliver three more A380s this month. Airbus said the planes are all destined for Qantas.

The Nov 4 explosion of a Trent 900 engine was the most serious safety incident involving the world's biggest jetliner since it entered service in 2007. It caused no injuries but prompted airlines to ground several A380s, and Qantas has since replaced several of the engines.

The incident also raised questions about whether Airbus could maintain its delivery schedule for the A380. The company hopes to deliver more than 20 new planes next year.

'There will be some engine swapping going on' so the new A380s have new Trent 900s, Mr Leahy told the AP in a telephone interview.

'The new standards of the engines don't seem to have the problems that the older engines from Rolls Royce had.' The A380s use engines made by both Rolls Royce and Engine Alliance. -- AP
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 05:02 PM   #2332
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Qantas grounds A380s again after ATSB warning

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Days after Qantas declared the Airbus A380 safe to fly, the Transport and Safety Bureau say a manufacturing defect in an oil pipe could cause the engine to fail and catch fire.
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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Qantas has suffered another setback over its fleet of A380 superjumbos with Australia's air safety regulator today issuing a warning about its engines.

The Transport and Safety Bureau says the defect in an oil pipe could cause the engine to fail and catch fire.

Well that warning comes just days after the airline declared the A380s safe to fly.

John Stewart reports.

JOHN STEWART, REPORTER: It's becoming a familiar sight at Sydney Airport: a Qantas A380, back in the hangar, undergoing another inspection.

Last month the Qantas A380 fleet was grounded after an engine exploded over Indonesia.

Just five days ago two of those aircraft were cleared to fly again, but now a new problem has been identified.

A pipe which pumps oil into the Rolls Royce engine was found to be thin and weaker on one side.

Inspectors at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau say it had the potential to crack and cause an engine fire and have ordered Qantas to check the A380 engines.

MARTIN DOLAN, ATSB: This leads to the potential for a fatigue problem with the oil pipe, the release of oil into the engine and that leads to the sorts of consequences we saw with the A380 over Singapore.

JOHN STEWART: A preliminary report into the engine explosion over Indonesia will be released by the Safety Bureau tomorrow.

Safety inspectors today said the faulty oil pipe has been identified as the most likely cause of the accident and has the potential to cause other major engine problems unless it’s fixed.

MARTIN DOLAN: We have described the potential engine failure as potentially catastrophic, which is, in terms of what happened with the engine, that's when bits of the engine fly out rather than being contained within the engine.

JOHN STEWART: The engine's oil pipe was only identified as a safety problem in the past 24 hours, but two Qantas A380's have been in the air for days and the aircraft have been used by the airline for more than two years.

Last weekend, Qantas chief Alan Joyce was so confident problems with the A380s had been fixed that when the plane took to the skies, he made sure that he was on board.

ALAN JOYCE, WANTAS CEO: And today we are reintroducing those services. One hundred per cent comfortable with the operation of the aircraft.

JOHN STEWART: But today the relationship between Qantas and Rolls Royce is not so friendly. This afternoon, Qantas flagged possible legal action against Rolls Royce unless the two parties can reach an agreement on compensation for the grounding of the A380 fleet.

Pilots say Rolls Royce's reputation has been damaged.

BARRY JACKSON, INTERNATIONAL PILOTS ASSOCIATION: Lessons have been learnt by Rolls Royce of their manufacturing process. Let's hope that later engines have been modified accordingly.

JOHN STEWART: Aviation experts say that aircraft engine makers buy parts from all over the world and quality control is becoming difficult to maintain.

GEOFFREY THOMAS, AVIATION WRITER: In the public's mind, it may be a black eye for Qantas, but the reality is this is a black eye for Rolls Royce and for its quality control systems. And obviously they'll have a look at it. We'll probably find that they actually didn't manufacture this particular part; it came from some other supplier.

JOHN STEWART: About 30 of the international airbus fleet have the engines which can be vulnerable to cracking. Aviation experts are confident those engines can be identified and replaced.

Qantas says the new inspections will be carried out tomorrow and international flights will not be delayed.
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- Qantas (QAN.AX) stepped up pressure on Thursday on engine maker Rolls-Royce to settle damages related to an engine failure on one of its giant Airbus A380 aircraft, but said it would keep the door open for an out-of-court settlement.

Qantas said it had filed a claim in the Federal Court of Australia over the financial and commercial impact of the mid-air failure of a Roll-Royce engine on November 4, which forced a Sydney-bound A380 to make an emergency landing in Singapore with 466 people on board.

"Today's action allows Qantas to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services," the airline said.

"The airline has today filed a statement of claim ... (to) ensure that the company can pursue legal action against Rolls-Royce ... if a commercial settlement is not possible."

Qantas said the claim did not include a specific figure as it was still assessing the damage.

Brokerage UBS estimated it may cost the airline around A$60 million in costs and lost revenue, while Macquarie estimated incremental costs of around A$20 million relating to the grounding as well as a decline in international capacity of around one percent for the first half of 2011.

DIFFICULTIES NOT YET RESOLVED

A firm estimate on the damages may still be months away as Qantas does not yet know when it can return the aircraft to service or when Rolls-Royce can fully solve the technical issues.

Earlier on Thursday the Australian Transport Safety Bureau told airlines using the Trent 900 engine -- including Qantas, Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) and Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) -- to conduct further checks after it identified a potential manufacturing defect which it said could lead to oil fire and engine failure.

"The problem relates to the potential for misaligned oil pipe counter-boring, which could lead to fatigue cracking, oil leakage and potential engine failure from an oil fire," the ATSB said in a statement.

The new checks come just days after Qantas resumed flying some of its A380s on a limited basis following a three-week grounding to inspect aircraft and replace engines.

Only two of six A380s are back in service and the rest of the fleet will be grounded into next year as Qantas examines another 12 engines that may be faulty.

It has also kept the A380s off routes to Los Angeles -- among the most lucrative destinations -- as these flights are the longest served by the A380 and require maximum engine thrust on take-off.
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Qantas can sue Rolls on engines
3 December 2010
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QANTAS has reserved its right to take legal action against Rolls-Royce under the Australian Trade Practices Act after investigators traced last month's A380 engine failure near Singapore to a badly manufactured oil tube.

The airline yesterday filed a statement of claim and was granted an injunction by the Federal Court it said would ensure that it could pursue legal action against Rolls-Royce ``if a commercial settlement is not possible''.

While Qantas is still hoping for a negotiated deal, it said the action allowed it to keep all options open to recover losses as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet.

Analysts have estimated this could be worth between $26 million and $60m -- in addition to the $US70m ($72.4m) that one insurance company has predicted it will cost to fix the plane.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was not putting a figure on the debacle yesterday, saying the damage was ongoing and uncertainty remained about when the remaining aircraft would get back in the air.

But he said there was cost in keeping six aircraft on the ground with their crews as well as a loss in revenue because of the 5 per cent cut in capacity and brand issues. The Qantas legal move comes as questions remain about what Rolls-Royce knew about problems in the engines, which have since been modified twice, but failed to tell the airlines.

It also coincided with an Australian Transport Safety Bureau safety alert issued after investigators determined an oil leak that led to a damaging fire inside the engine most likely stemmed from fatigue cracking in the thin side of an unevenly bored oil tube.

The fire caused superheating in the turbine disc area, which led to the disintegration of the intermediate pressure turbine disc and resulted in substantial damage to the plane. While investigators are yet to describe the cracked tube as the smoking gun, they say it is ``a realistic possibility'' that it caused the engine's disintegration.

They were also sufficiently concerned about the safety implications and the possibility of another catastrophic failure to quickly issue the alert, which was immediately translated into an airworthiness directive by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The fear is that there is batch of flawed oil tubes on the earliest ``A-version'' Trent 900 engines produced by Rolls-Royce and that an intermediate group B-version that received some modifications may also have them. The latest C engines to come off the production line are known not to be affected.

``The A-version is likely to have at least some of these problems,'' ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan said. ``The B-version probably doesn't but we don't have enough assurance that there isn't; the C-version doesn't have this problem.''

Qantas is no longer flying A-version engines and is concentrating its immediate efforts on the B engines on its two operating A380s. Mr Joyce said the tests took about an hour for each engine and the airline was using a three-dimensional borescope to check for the skewed oil pipes. He said it should have the results for the two aircraft overnight and would then proceed with testing of engines on the still-grounded planes.

``If we find a problem, that engine won't fly,'' he said.

Mr Joyce said Qantas would continue checks every 20 flights to look for signs of leaking oil and cracks. He said it would be unusual for a misaligned oil tube to be a one-off because manufacturing was machine-driven. He believed it was likely there was a batch of problem pipes.
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Airbus: Aware Of Safety Recommendation On Rolls Royce Trent 900 Engines
2 December 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Airbus Thursday said it is aware of a safety recommendation issued by the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau on Rolls-Royce Group PLC-manufactured (RR.LN) Trent 900 engines, which power its A380 jetliners, and plans to work closely with the body to minimize any disruptions to the operation of the aircraft.

"Airbus will work closely with the ATSB, affected customers and Rolls Royce in order to minimize any disruptions," said a spokeswoman for Airbus, a unit of the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (EAD.FR).

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said earlier Thursday it plans more inspections of the engines after Australian safety regulators said they identified a possible manufacturing flaw in them.

The airline added it did not see an immediate risk to flight safety and would not change its flying schedules.

"We believe the various engine inspections that have been put in place by Rolls Royce allow for the safe operation of the Trent 900 powered fleet," the Airbus spokeswoman said.

The Rolls Royce engines have been the subject of intense scrutiny since an engine on an A380 airplane exploded in flight last month.
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fleet of Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos will have the lowest seating density of any operator to date as the Asian carrier seeks to lure top- end travelers on inter-continental routes.

The planes will be fitted with 400 to 450 seats, leaving space for “plenty of snazzy features,” spokesman James Sanderson said in London. He declined to provide details, beyond saying that the design includes lounges for premium passengers.

Qantas Airways Ltd. has the lowest-density layout among the five carriers that currently operate the superjumbo, with 450 seats, though the Australian company’s next batch will have either a smaller first-class cabin and 490 seats or none at all, boosting capacity to 550 people. Air France’s planes have the most berths at 538, while Deutsche Lufthansa AG offers 526, Dubai-based Emirates 489 and Singapore Airlines Ltd. 471.

Korean Air will take delivery of five superjumbos next year, Sanderson said in the interview, adding that the total has been confirmed by Airbus. Five more planes will follow over the next two years. Most routes will be across the Pacific, he said.

The Seoul-based company was initially scheduled to receive the A380 from 2008 before Airbus suffered a succession of production delays.

Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines Inc. has said it intends to operate A380s with 394 seats, including 114 in business class. The carrier expects to receive its first superjumbo in 2014, President Shinichi Nishikubo said last month.

‘Real Luxury’

Korean Air plans to become a “real luxury carrier,” deriving 50 percent of passenger sales from premium classes by 2019 as it challenges Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., President Chi Chang Hoon said July 20.

Business and first-class cabins accounted for about 20 percent of passenger revenue last year.

Features already incorporated by A380 operators include showers on some Emirates planes, bar areas for premium Lufthansa customers and enclosed first-class cabins on Singapore Airlines.

Airbus will take delivery of one of the engines for the first Korean Air A380 on Dec. 7. Handover of the plane is due in May. The GP7200 turbine is the 100th to be shipped by the Engine Alliance of General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney, which competes with Rolls-Royce Group Plc to power the superjumbo.

Australia’s aviation regulator has asked U.K.-based Rolls to address “critical safety issues” with its Trent 900 model after one of its engines blew up last month on a Qantas A380.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Jasper in London at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at [email protected]
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Airlines, the world's second-largest carrier by market value, said on Monday it will deploy the Airbus A380 superjumbo on the Singapore-Los Angeles route beginning next year despite a controversy over the plane's engines.

Recent problems involving the Rolls-Royce engines on the biggest passenger carrier in the world have forced Australian carrier Qantas to ground some of its A380 aircraft, preventing it serving the Sydney-Los Angeles route for the time being.

Both SIA, which currently operates 11 A380s and has another 9 on order, and Qantas are using Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on their A380 aircraft. SIA currently does not use the A380 on the Singapore-Los Angeles route.

"This is a significant and smart move by the carrier (SIA), which will likely capitalize on the busy transpacific route with its 471-seater A380," said Shukor Yusof, analyst at Standard & Poor's.

SIA said its A380 has been designed to seat 471 passengers in a three-class configuration, compared to 375 on its Boeing 747-400.

"This means that while there will be capacity growth, it will be incremental and sustainable for the airline," SIA said in a statement, adding that the route would start after the carrier receives its 12th A380 next year.

Last month, a Qantas A380 flight between Singapore and Sydney suffered a mid-air engine failure, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in the city-state.

The Australian carrier is claiming damages from Rolls-Royce over the engines on its A380s and loss of business as investigators concluded a design fault was the likely cause of the November 4 incident.

(Reporting by Harry Suhartono; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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