A380’s tarnished image
November 12th, 2010 by elisa

The effects of the Qantas A380 engine fault has dominated the past couple of weeks’ news. This extensive news coverage is causing other airlines that use the A380 with different engines concern that they will be tarred with the same bad press and people will not be as keen to fly with them.

“We really don’t want this aircraft tarnished with a reputation for failures in certain areas,” said Emirates‘ president Tim Clark.

”One thing we will not allow is a contagion effect.”

Investigators have discovered the emergency on the Qantas aircraft was caused by an engine fault after a specific component failed in the turbine area of the engine. This caused an oil fire which led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc. Rolls Royce said will fix the problem and has apologised for the disruption.

Qantas has released a new international schedule for coming weeks that does not include A380s. Airbus A330s will replace Boeing 747s on the Sydney-Tokyo and Sydney-Hong Kong routes, so that the 747s can take over from the A380s on long-haul routes to Los Angeles and London.

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