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Old May 11th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #2821
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Giant A380 jetliner proves SFO planners were right
David Armstrong, Special to The San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

(05-10) 17:52 PDT SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -- A decade-long dream became reality Tuesday when Lufthansa Flight 454 from Frankfurt touched down at San Francisco International Airport, kicking off SFO's first regularly scheduled daily service with the Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger jetliner.

The event was significant for SFO, where prescient planners opened an International Terminal in December 2000 that was purpose-built to handle such huge airplanes of the future. The $1 billion terminal has four two-level gateways that allow massive double-decker planes to load and unload the two passenger decks simultaneously.

The build-it-and-they-will-come philosophy took 10 1/2 years to pay off, stalled by two deep recessions, 9/11 and the fact that there were no double-decker superjumbos actually flying until late 2007.

But that didn't seem to matter Tuesday as city and airport officials joined executives from Lufthansa and Airbus, the European company that builds the A380, at an International Terminal celebration. A plane-spotting party drew hundreds to Millbrae's Bayfront Park, while inside, balloons, a band and bullish predictions of more travel and commerce between the Bay Area, Germany and beyond filled the air.

The four-engine A380 is configured to haul 526 passengers. The second-largest passenger jetliner, the Boeing 747-400, typically carries 300 to 400 passengers.

Airline spokesman Martin Riecken said Lufthansa will operate a daily afternoon departure from SFO to Frankfurt and a morning arrival from Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, through Oct. 31, the busy season. In winter, Lufthansa will swap the A380 for the Boeing 747.

On June 6, Air France also will begin service with the A380, which it plans to operate between SFO and Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport until Sept. 4, with an eye to redeploying the big plane in the summer of 2012.

"It's very exciting to have the A380 here," airport Director John Martin said. "Our growth is coming chiefly in international travel, and the A380 is a perfect fit for that. We're up nearly 7 percent from last year in international passengers." All told, Martin said, SFO has 97 percent of the international passengers among the three major Bay Area airports.
Not just Germany

San Francisco Travel Association President and CEO Joe D'Alessandro noted: "Germany is a very important market for us. But this service will allow ease of travel not just to Germany but to the Middle East and South Asia, as well, through Frankfurt. Tourism is San Francisco's No. 1 industry, and one-third of our visitors are international arrivals."

A cluster of Bay Area government and business leaders piled onto the inaugural A380 flight, which left Frankfurt International Airport Tuesday morning in warm, hazy sunshine. As they boarded, the high-fliers were serenaded by the recorded voice of Scott McKenzie warbling his 1967 hippie anthem "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)."

Once airborne, the enormous plane - it weighs nearly 1.3 million pounds and stands as tall as a four-story building - impressed passengers with its relatively quiet jet engines, smooth ride, wired-to-the-max work and entertainment systems and all-around spaciousness, especially in business class.
5 airlines fly A380

Each of the five airlines now flying the A380 configures the aircraft to its own design. Lufthansa has installed 420 economy-class seats - all on the lower deck - and devoted the upper deck to eight sumptuous first-class seats and an unusually numerous 98 business-class seats.

This is, of course, by design. On board the aircraft during the inaugural flight, Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Christoph Franz told reporters the airline is wooing Bay Area business flyers because of the high-tech and venture capital executives in the region and the large number of Indian engineers in Silicon Valley who fly back and forth to India. Lufthansa, a profitable airline, competes for business to India out of SFO with prosperous Emirates and Singapore Airlines, both of which fly A380s on other routes, but not the Bay Area.
Lufthansa has 6

Franz said Lufthansa flies six A380s to six destinations, including mega-markets such as Tokyo and New York, and expects to have 15 of the superjumbos in use by 2015.

"It is much quieter than other wide-body aircraft. It gives 15 percent more space for everybody," he said. "It's a much less fuel-consuming aircraft. It's a much more efficient aircraft; it costs 30 percent less to operate than other wide bodies."

The A380's modernity, comfort and stylishness should help drive business between the Bay Area and overseas markets, said R. Sean Randolph, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Randolph said he thinks this is especially true of the burgeoning business relationship with India, which generates high transpacific traffic.

The A380 should enable growth in all these areas, and drive up passengers numbers at SFO, which handles 39 million passengers a year. Said SFO's Martin: "There will be more A380s down the road."

SFO's newest arrival

-- The Airbus A380 is the world's largest civilian passenger jet.

-- It stands 80 feet tall, weighs nearly 1.3 million pounds and has a wingspan of 261.6 feet. It is about a third larger than the second-largest civilian passenger jetliner, the Boeing 747-400.

-- The superjumbo jet is legally certified to carry nearly 900 passengers; most airliners carry 500 to 600.

-- The plane first flew in a test flight in 2005. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ380 from Singapore to Sydney on Oct. 25, 2007, was the first scheduled commercial flight of the A380.

-- List price of the A380 is $518 million per plane. Airlines typically get discounts on large orders.

-- Lufthansa German Airlines is the first carrier to fly the A380 to and from San Francisco International Airport; Air France will be the second airline to serve SFO with the A380, starting June 4.

-- Five international airlines operate the A380: Singapore, Emirates, Qantas, Air France and Lufthansa.

-- No U.S. airlines operate the A380 and none has ordered the big plane.

Sources: Airbus, Lufthansa, San Francisco International Airport
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Old May 11th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #2823
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Like I mentioned earlier, the difference is that Emirate is government funded and owned. Compare Emirates' structure to Lufthansa, Korean Air, Hawaiian Airlines or even ANA airlines. By "plenty", a highly vague word, named at least 20 "western" airlines that received bailouts. Better start Google (proudly American made search engine ) searching boy.
the fact that govt owns Emirates is not its problem if people/other airliners feel it that ways
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Old May 12th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #2824
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An Inside Look at Lufthansa’s Airbus A380


Yesterday, San Francisco International Airport saw their first passenger carrying Airbus A380 arrive, operated by Lufthansa. Once all the passengers were able to de-plane and the aircraft was cleaned up (this was the first time that the SFO based cleaning crew cleaned up an A380), media and guests were able to take an inside look at one of Lufthansa’s seven Airbus A380′s.

I was excited, since this was my first time actually inside an A380. I had only seen one previously from the tarmac and of course I have viewed lots of photos, but there is nothing like getting inside the world’s largest commercial airliner.

The economy class seats on Lufthansa's A380 look slick and are pretty comfy to boot.

Due to the A380′s size, there are three jetways passengers can board. Two are located on the bottom deck and one goes to the top. The tour started on the bottom where all 420 economy seats are located. Even though the bottom deck is long, it doesn’t feel it, since it is broken up into individual sections. Every seat has their own in-flight entertainment system, adjustable headrest and ample legroom. Sitting in the seat, I was plenty comfortable for the three minutes I was there. Not too sure how my 6’1″, 250lbs frame would handle 11 hours if I had someone sitting next to me.

All the Business Class seats can be found on the upper deck of the A380.

On a longer flight, I would prefer to head up top where you can find 98 Business Class and eight First Class seats. One of the first things I noticed were all the seats on the aircraft were cloth. In most Business and First Class areas, one is more likely to find leather. This didn’t make the seats any less comfortable and most likely would reduce sliding when converted into a bed.

While on the upper deck, I took a look at the Airbus A380's massive wing.

While up on the second deck, I had a chance to sit down and take a look out the window. The Airbus A380 has one frek’n big wing. These large wings have 54% more surface area over a Boeing 747-400 and you can tell.

The new Lufthansa First Class has ample room and a large screen. I could easily burn 11 hours happily in this section.

The new Lufthansa First Class on the A380 was quite impressive. Each person has their own area, with large screen and fold down bed. The walls were covered in suade (or fake suade) and extra sound deadening is used to keep the sound to a minimum. The First Class cabin also has access to two very large lavatories. We are talking full sitting couch and vanity. If you ever wanted to join the mile-high club, this would be the place to do it — even all that extra sound deadening might help. From forks to roses, Lufthansa’s catering crew loads on 40,000 items for just the First Class passengers alone (yes, 40,000). That just goes to show the level of service that flying First Class provides.

This is one of the lavatories in the First Class section. Can anyone say Mile High Club?

One thing you will find missing in the first class section are overhead bins — the are missing. Instead each seat has a storage area where passengers can store their belongings. This really adds a sense of upward space and makes the First Class cabin that much more comfortable. Even though the Business and First Class areas are what you might expect, it just doesn’t feel as exclusive on the top deck of the A380 versus the smaller top deck of the Boeing 747-400.

This is the first time I have seen three jet ways be used to de-plane an aircraft.

Although the A380 looks impressive pulling up to the gate, it is missing some of the grace that the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental has in my opinion. The Airbus A380′s job is not to win any beauty contests, but to provide airlines with an economical way to move a lot of people in style and it does just that. After getting to get inside an A380 I am super pumped to get a ride in one and hope to write up a trip report soon.

For those of you who have flown in an Airbus A380 what have been your impressions?
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Airbus delivering new services to Chinese airline

THE first Chinese operator to fly the Airbus A380 aircraft signed a contract with the company for customised Flight Hour Services (FHS).

China Southern Airlines (CSA) has a fleet of five A380s scheduled to be in service later this year.

Airbus, which has a wing-making plant employing 6,000 people in Broughton, will deliver to CSA a tailor-made FHS solution supported by the company’s worldwide customer services system.

This long-term agreement guarantees on-site availability of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), related logistics and maintenance services for China Southern Airlines, which joins the club of growing Airbus FHS customers in Asia, the company said.

Pierre Steffen, Senior Vice President Customer Service and Operations Airbus China, said: “The introduction of Airbus A380s and the Airbus A380 FHS to China Southern Airlines extends a long and successful partnership with Airbus.

“The fully customised Airbus Flight Hour Services solution for our A380 fleet will contribute to securing the highest service level our passengers are accustomed to.”

Dong Suguang, Executive Vice President Maintenance and Engineering of China Southern Airlines, added: “With its introduction of Airbus A380s and becoming the first customer in China to operate this aircraft, China Southern Airlines again exhibits its innovative vision and excellent judgement.

“The A380 is the ideal aircraft to meet the demands of the fast growing travel market in China and Airbus FHS underlines our full commitment to service excellence.”

CSA operates the largest Airbus aircraft fleet in China, which includes 169 A320 Family and 18 A330s.

In 2005, China Southern Airlines placed a firm order for five A380s, becoming the first Chinese airline to order the double-decker.

In February, Business Post reported how Airbus will increase production of its groundbreaking A330 aircraft by 20% in a bid to meet “unprecedented demand”.

The European plane maker will start delivering 10 of the aircraft – valued at $222million – a month from 2013.

The news came just weeks after 770 Blue Arrow agency workers were given permanent contracts at the Flintshire factory.

Currently, Airbus turns out eight A330s a month.

This rate will increase to nine in early 2012, before reaching the target of 10 in 2013.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #2826
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With Korean Air soon to become the sixth carrier to operate the Airbus superjumbo, Business Traveller and seatplans.com examine the different A380 layouts offered by SIA, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa and Korean.

Korea’s flag carrier will take delivery of its first A380 on May 24 from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, before putting the aircraft into service on routes from Seoul to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Business Traveller’s sister website abtn.co.uk will be at the event and a detailed report will be posted on both sites.

Ahead of this the carrier has released several details of its superjumbo layout. Korean Air will be the first airline to dedicate the entire upper deck of the aircraft to business class, with 94 Prestige sleeper seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. (For more information see online news January 18).

The lower deck will feature 12 first class and 301 economy seats, making a total of 407 on board the aircraft, the lowest number of seats for any A380 operator so far.



The carrier has also revealed it will offer an inflight Duty Free store at the back of the lower deck, occupying a space equivalent to 13 economy seats (see online news April 18).

It’s not the first time that an A380 operator has opted to use some of its precious onboard space for something other than seating – Emirates has showers in its first class cabins, while Qantas has a lounge area for its premium passengers located at the front of the upper deck, Air France has a digital gallery also at the front of the upper deck, and SIA famously offers double beds in first class.

Having two full passenger decks has given the six A380 operators plenty of scope in terms of aircraft configuration, and as you can see from this table each carrier has opted for distinct layouts. The only constants are the presence of an economy cabin on the lower deck (albeit in some cases in conjunction with a smaller economy cabin on the upper deck), and all six airlines have opted to place business class on the upper deck.



The carriers disagree on the best place for their first class cabins, with Emirates and Lufthansa opting for the upper deck, and Qantas, SIA, Air France and Korean Air all choosing to locate their most premium seats on the lower deck. Note that Qantas A380 aircraft delivered after 2012 will not feature first class at all, and these planes will also see a different configuration in economy, premium economy and business class (see online news February 18, 2010).



It should also be noted that both Emirates and Air France have more than one configuration for their A380 aircraft. In the case of Emirates the carrier has a 489-seat layout which includes a crew rest area at the back of the economy cabin, necessary for its longest flights served by the superjumbo, whereas routes to the UK, for instance, use A380s without this crew area, meaning there are an additional 28 economy seats in the cabin.



Air France currently has both three and four-class A380 aircraft, as its original superjumbos were launched without the carrier’s new Premium Voyageur (premium economy) class, and so feature a total of 538 seats in an economy, business and first class layout. Newer deliveries have seen 69 economy seats on the upper deck being replaced by 38 Premium Voyageur seats (see online news February 18 for more information). The carrier plans to gradually retrofit its existing three-class A380 aircraft with the new seating.



In terms of economy Korean Air will have the fewest seats when it launches (301), followed by Qantas at 332, which along with Air France is one of only two A380 carriers to offer a premium economy cabin.

Emirates' A380s configured without the crew rest area have the largest economy offering at 427 seats, followed by the Lufthansa aircraft at 420 (all on the lower deck), while Air France has the most seats overall at 538, some 131 seats more than the Korean Air 407-seat layout. But all of the current capacities will pale into insignificance compared to the 840-seat layout planned by Air Austral (see online news January 19, 2009).



Businesstraveller.com and seatplans.com have a wealth of information on the airlines currently operating A380 aircraft, from images and videos, to seatplans and flight reviews.

Here are just a few links for each A380 carrier which you may find useful - for a full list of all A380 articles published by Business Traveller, including new routes and product information, click here.

For a table showing the seating layouts on the lower and upper decks and across all classes for each A380 operator, click here.
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Still very few destinations where the A380's fly compared to the 747's, only 23 Destinations World Wide!

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It makes sense given that the A380 is relatively newer (and I'm guessing more expensive) compared to the 747.

I'm guessing airliners are testing the waters for the A380 before deploying more of them on more flights.

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Btw, an A380-1000 would be sick. Talk about boosting the max parameters of size and capacity. Hot Damn!!!
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Old May 16th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #2830
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Well, there are a lot more 747's flying around the world!
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Emirates Airlines is to use its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg from 1 October onwards, to cater for the increasing number of South African travellers flying with the airline.

Its financial results for 2010/11 show total passenger growth for South Africa having risen by 12% over the previous financial year, while overall revenue from the South African market also rose sharply – up by 34%.

"We have enjoyed a successful partnership with South Africa since launching services in 1995, and now connect our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways to our vast global network through 42 non-stop flights each week to Dubai," said Emirates Airline President Tim Clark in a statement this week.

"The very positive trends we have witnessed over the last 12 months will only be boosted by the arrival of our flagship A380 aircraft, which has set a new benchmark for air travel."

Emirates becomes the second airline to use the A380 "superjumbo" on flights to South Africa, following on Air France's use of the plane between Paris and Johannesburg.
'The future of aviation'

The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 private first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy class. First class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise in the onboard lounge.

"Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation - both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity," Clark said.

"By launching the aircraft to Johannesburg, we are further underlining our commitment to serving South Africa and we anticipate very strong demand from leisure and business travellers keen to experience its unique features and unparalleled levels of comfort in the air."

The A380 service will operate daily as EK 761, departing Dubai at 2.40pm (local time) and arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at 10.50am (local). The return flight, EK762, departs Johannesburg at 2.10pm (local) and arrives in Dubai at 12.10am (local) the following day.

Emirates Airlines currently operates three daily flights to Johannesburg, a double-daily service to Cape Town and a daily service to Durban.
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Low fuel prompts Qantas superjumbo to divert
17 May 2011
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A Qantas flight from Singapore had to be diverted to Adelaide on Tuesday after the crew discovered the Airbus A380 was running low on fuel, the Australian airline said.

The Melbourne-bound plane, carrying 249 passengers, is thought to have used up more fuel than anticipated by following a different route to avoid poor weather.

"This was most likely as a result of changed flight conditions," a Qantas spokesman said, adding that the airline was still investigating what caused the plane to use more fuel than expected.

The aircraft, which refuelled in Adelaide, arrived safely in Melbourne about two hours and 40 minutes later than scheduled.

Headwinds of up to 400 kilometres (250 miles) an hour can occur in southern Australia at this time of year, drawing on the plane's fuel tanks, Australian and International Pilots Association vice-president Richard Woodward said.

"It is rare (to divert to refuel). It's something that we don't do very often," Captain Woodward told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Qantas temporarily grounded its entire A380 superjumbo fleet in November following an engine explosion on a flight out of Singapore.
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Rolls-Royce pulled 53 engines after blowout-report
18 May 2011

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - British engine maker Rolls-Royce removed 53 of its Trent 900 engines from service following last year's engine blowout on a Qantas A380, according to a report into the incident released on Wednesday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) interim report into the incident said the engines were removed due to concerns over the thickness of oil feed pipes.

The report said the engine's intermediate pressure turbine failed because of a manufacturing fault in an oil feed pipe, which caused it to crack, leading to an internal oil fire.

The majority of engines were removed because Rolls was "unable to establish whether these oil feed tubes had been manufactured to specification" and because of "a lack of measurement records" for the pipes, said the report.

"We fully support the ATSB's ongoing investigation and are actively addressing the points raised," a Rolls-Royce spokesperson said.

"As the investigation is still ongoing it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage."

One of Rolls' Trent 900 engine failed mid-flight on a Qantas Airbus A380 last November in one of the most serious incidents for the world's largest passenger plane in its three years of commercial flight.

Rolls previously said it had removed several engines to replace the faulty component

The ATSB said its investigation was still ongoing and that its report would likely be complete by May 2012.
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As per 19MAY11 GDS timetable display (0320PDT), Lufthansa starting 30OCT11 begins Airbus A380 operation on Daily Frankfurt – Singapore service.

Existing Singapore – Jakarta sector will now originates to/from Munich, on board Airbus A340-300.

Frankfurt – Singapore – Jakarta service currently operates with Boeing 747-400 aircraft, until 29OCT11.

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Defect In Pipes Led To Qantas A380 Emergency - Investigator
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SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--A manufacturing defect in the pipes of a Rolls-Royce PLC (RR.LN) engine led to the engine explosion on a Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) A380 plane that was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore last year, Australia's national transport safety investigator said in a report.

Subsequent to the pipe issue, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said Rolls-Royce removed 53 of its Trent 900 engines from service over concerns about pipe thickness.

The engine explosion forced Australia's biggest carrier to ground its entire A380 superjumbo fleet in November.

Operators of the Airbus superjumbo such as Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE) were also impacted by the Rolls Royce pipe issues.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Rolls-Royce PLC address the safety issue and take actions necessary to ensure the safety of flight operations in transport aircraft equipped with Rolls-Royce PLC Trent 900 series engines," the ATSB said in its preliminary report Wednesday.

"We fully support the ATSB's ongoing investigation and are actively addressing the points raised," said a Rolls-Royce spokesman. "As the investigation is still ongoing it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage."

The final ATSB report is expected to be released in May 2012.
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Records missing on A380 engines
19 May 2011
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BRITISH engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce was unable to tell how many more of its Airbus A380 engines might explode after last year's Qantas near-disaster near Singapore because of a lack of records.

A new report released yesterday also reveals the manufacturer failed to detect sub-standard oil-feed pipes -- identified as the cause of the Qantas engine explosion -- in four engines for which it did have records.

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau interim report into the dramatic engine explosion over Indonesia's Bataam Island on November 4 confirmed that an oil fire weakened an intermediate turbine disc in the aircraft's No 2 engine, causing the disc to separate from a shaft and disintegrate.

Shrapnel from the disc peppered the aircraft, which remains in Singapore, and caused systems and structural damage expected to cost $100 million to repair.

The report appears to back a decision by Qantas to ground its entire A380 fleet, at an estimated cost of $80m, until it could be assured the problem had been properly resolved.

A multinational team of investigators found the Qantas oil pipe module, known as module 51, was one of 42 FW48020 units manufactured between October 2005 and May 2008 for which Rolls-Royce had no measurement records.

``A lack of measurement records for the FW48020 standard oil-feed pipe meant that Rolls-Royce was unable to establish whether those feed pipes had been manufactured to specification,'' the report said.

``A subsequent risk assessment by Rolls-Royce determined that there should be a fleet-wide removal of the FW48020-standard engines from service.''

Rolls-Royce also did not have records for some modules in a modified unit, FW59326, built between July 2007 and March 2009.

Investigators said an on-wing measurement technique identified seven of these modules with an oil-feed pipe wall thickness of less than the manufacturer's acceptable level of 0.5mm and these were removed from service.

Three other engines with this modification were also removed after an evaluation of their manufacturing measurement records.

The report said investigators and the company were examining the ``missed opportunities'' that would have allowed it to detect the manufacturing flaw in the modules ``prior to, during and after'' manufacture. There were suggestions after the mid-air Qantas incident that Rolls-Royce knew there was a problem, but had not told airlines or Airbus.

Qantas said last night the A380s had been operating without any related incident since the return to service of the fleet last November on British routes and in January on US services.

Rolls-Royce said last night: ``We fully support the ATSB's ongoing investigation and are actively addressing the points raised.''
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