Singapore Airlines ground A380 aircraft
November 10th, 2010 by elisa

In a U-turn from last week, Singapore Airlines has now grounded three of its A380 aircraft to switch engines.

After last week’s incident when the Qantas A380 made an emergency landing after an engine exploded mid-flight, Singapore Airlines had initially said that checks of its A380 engines had shown no problems and would keep flying. However; the engine makers, Rolls Royce have advised that they ground the aircraft to put in new engines.

The aircraft, in London, Melbourne and Sydney, will be flown to Singapore where their engines will be swapped for newer versions.

Singapore Airlines has stressed that the oil stains found in its engines were different to those discovered by Qantas.

A spokesman said: “We apologise to our customers for flight disruptions that may result and we seek their understanding.”

It did not confirm how long the planes would be grounded for.

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