Around half of the Rolls Royce engines could need to be replaced
November 18th, 2010 by elisa

Bad news for the A380 superjumbos as around half of the Rolls Royce engines may have to be replaced, according to Qantas chief executive officer, Alan Joyce.

Qantas’ fleet of the aircraft have been grounded for safety tests after an engine problem caused an emergency landing in Singapore two weeks ago.

Joyce told the Australian media: “We’ve been talking to Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we understand that the number [of engines to be replaced] is around 40. We’ve already replaced three and there could be more.”

Globally, there are 21 A380s using Rolls Royce’s Trent 900 engines. These are operated by Qantas, Singapore Airlines  and Lufthansa, with four engines on each plane.

The grounded A380s by Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are now back in service after satisfactory safety checks. Singapore Airlines said it has replaced three engines and Lufthansa one but emphasised this was not connected to the Qantas incident.

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