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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:45 AM   #2361
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Rolls-Royce moves to ease fears A380 costs will soar
11 December 2010
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THE cost to Rolls-Royce from the engine blow-out on a Qantas A380 will exceed its public estimates with the British engineer set to lose market share because of the incident, according to a new analysis.

Nick Cunningham, aerospace analyst at Agency Partners and formerly of Evolution, said in a note: "This event and its aftermath might impact marketability of the Trent 900 and this could have a cost in terms of market share and pricing. At the current share price investors may not be fully taking account of the risk."

In a statement last month Rolls said that underlying profit growth this year will be "slightly below" 4pc to 5pc because of the engine incident, which saw a Qantas A380 make an emergency landing on November 4 when one of its four Rolls Trent 900 engines exploded. A report has found the blow-out is likely to have been caused by a "manufacturing defect" in an oil pipe.

The market has interpreted from Rolls' guidance that the cost will be about £50m this year, but Mr Cunningham said it was "very unlikely" that this would cover the impact and further costs will have to be recognised in 2011. He said Rolls' Trent 900 could lose market share on the Airbus A380 to a rival engine from a General Electric/Pratt & Whitney joint venture, and that the financial impact will be exacerbated by Airbus and Qantas suing the company over disruption to their production and flying schedules.

Reports yesterday said aviation analysts believe costs could reach $500m (£316m) because, alongside compensation claims, Rolls may have to redesign the Trent 900 engine. However, Rolls said these estimates were "speculative". A spokesman added: "We have made our view on the range of financial outcomes clear in our recent interim management statement."

Rolls shares fell 3p to 639p yesterday.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #2362
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Landing was least of A380's problems
11 December 2010
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THE danger facing a Qantas A380 crippled by an engine explosion did not end once it had been nursed home and rolled to the end of a Singapore runway, according to one of the pilots.

In the first public comments by any of the five experienced pilots on the plane, Check Captain Dave Evans said the most serious part of the engine explosion near Singapore last month came after the plane had stopped and the pilots had to decide whether to evacuate.

Fuel was leaking from the left wing and the maximum braking used during the landing had seen brake temperatures soar to 900C.

The aircraft was on battery power and the crew had use of just one VHF radio dedicated to the fire commander, who was reluctant to send his crew near the plane with an engine still running and fuel pouring on the hot brakes.

The plane's satellite phone was down and the crew was forced to resort to mobile phone to call Qantas in Singapore and tell a company in Singapore to send stairs for the aircraft.

``I think most probably the most serious part . . . was the time on the runway after we'd stopped because we were very concerned and conscious of evacuating the aircraft using slides,'' he told the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The crew worked methodically through the warnings of widespread systems failures before calculating the best way to land the aircraft in ``a nice long stable approach''.

Captain Evans said the landing was a testament to the aircraft which, even damaged and in degraded mode called alternate law, was still ``very flyable''.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 12:08 PM   #2363
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Airbus To Deliver 19 A380s In 2010 Vs Target Of 20
15 December 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Commercial aircraft builder Airbus said Wednesday it expects to deliver 19 of its flagship A380 superjumbo planes this year, one shy of its initial target due to disruptions in the final assembly line after an incident involving a Rolls-Royce PLC (RR.LN) engine on a Qantas Airways Ltd (QA.AU) A380 last month.

The Toulouse, France-based company had set a target of 20 aircraft for the whole year. After the summer the company had thought it might be able to hand over 22 of the planes that carry a sticker price of $346.3 million to customer airlines, a spokesman for the company told Dow Jones Newswires. The disruption is likely to spill over into 2011, he said.

The Qantas incident has forced Airbus to juggle its A380 delivery schedule, while Rolls-Royce inspects and modifies engines on planes on the production line and ensures that the A380s powered by its engines are airworthy.

A380 production has also been affected by the need to replace seats on some jets made by Japanese company Koito Industries Ltd., that has admitted falsifying safety-test data, the Airbus official said.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 01:05 PM   #2364
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Landing was least of A380's problems
11 December 2010
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THE danger facing a Qantas A380 crippled by an engine explosion did not end once it had been nursed home and rolled to the end of a Singapore runway, according to one of the pilots.

In the first public comments by any of the five experienced pilots on the plane, Check Captain Dave Evans said the most serious part of the engine explosion near Singapore last month came after the plane had stopped and the pilots had to decide whether to evacuate.

Fuel was leaking from the left wing and the maximum braking used during the landing had seen brake temperatures soar to 900C.

The aircraft was on battery power and the crew had use of just one VHF radio dedicated to the fire commander, who was reluctant to send his crew near the plane with an engine still running and fuel pouring on the hot brakes.

The plane's satellite phone was down and the crew was forced to resort to mobile phone to call Qantas in Singapore and tell a company in Singapore to send stairs for the aircraft.

``I think most probably the most serious part . . . was the time on the runway after we'd stopped because we were very concerned and conscious of evacuating the aircraft using slides,'' he told the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The crew worked methodically through the warnings of widespread systems failures before calculating the best way to land the aircraft in ``a nice long stable approach''.

Captain Evans said the landing was a testament to the aircraft which, even damaged and in degraded mode called alternate law, was still ``very flyable''.
What's the point of fire-retardents then if you still have a problem of fire? In the videos I saw it being sprayed on the engines.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #2365
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What's the point of fire-retardents then if you still have a problem of fire? In the videos I saw it being sprayed on the engines.
Well if the leaking fuel was about to ignite, I guess the mixture with the retardant would prevent it from igniting.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 01:28 AM   #2366
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Well if the leaking fuel was about to ignite, I guess the mixture with the retardant would prevent it from igniting.
That's what I was trying to say. Why were they afriad of a fire after spraying the retardent?
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Old December 16th, 2010, 02:15 AM   #2367
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That's what I was trying to say. Why were they afriad of a fire after spraying the retardent?
There was no fire, they where scared that there might be a fire. The fire retardent was sprayed on the fuel to lower the risk of ignition but remember it also had to be sprayed into the no1 engine in order to shut it down (cabling in the wing had been damaged). The fact that the engine kept running is a design feature, its better to have an engine running when you don't want than one not running when you need it to be.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 01:45 PM   #2368
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Old December 16th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #2369
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Old December 16th, 2010, 11:41 PM   #2370
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SIA must be making a killing on biz class to have the whole upper level dedicated to biz and first class.
The First Class suites are actually on the lower deck on SQ A380's. Having flown upper deck SQ A380 3 times now... am indeed sad to see it go. Pity they didn't improve it and make it a Premium Economy class... heh.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 02:09 AM   #2371
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When did AirAsia order a A380? Looks like a neat paint job.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 09:42 AM   #2372
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That's photoshopped...haha
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Old December 17th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #2374
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That's photoshopped...haha
Hey kid, I know that, I'm not a moron But if you make a render, make it correctly!
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Old December 20th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #2377
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Qantas Operates New A380, Expects Another Plane This Week
20 December 2010

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) Monday operated a new A380 jetliner from Sydney delivered as part of 20-plane order that continues in the wake of the grounding of part of its fleet following an engine explosion last month.

The new aircraft, equipped with Roll-Royce PLC (RR.LN) engines, was scheduled to depart for London via Singapore later this evening, a Qantas spokeswoman said.

Qantas already has three of its previously grounded fleet of A380s back in the air, so this latest delivery brings the number in service to four and total number in its fleet to seven.

"We'll have a fifth in service before Christmas and that will be coming back from maintenance," the spokeswoman said.

Another A380 delivery is expected shortly, but the spokeswoman declined to specify whether it will be available before the end of the year.
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I hope that they delivered the other one before New Year!
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