Changed inspection regime of A380 engines
November 11th, 2010 by elisa

In a new development in the Airbus A380 engine problems, Europe’s aviation regulator has ordered a new inspection regime for all A380s using Rolls-Royce engines now that an oil fire has been identified as the likely cause of the Qantas A380 engine failure.

Lufthansahas now replaced a Rolls-Royce engine on one of its Airbus A380 super jumbos after maintenance checks detected a problem. It said the problem was minor and not connected with the oil leaks detected in checks on Qantas and Singapore Airlines aircrafts.

Lufthansa said customer confidence in the aircraft remained high, with no recorded rise in cancellations since last week’s incident with a Qantas A380 flying from Singapore to Sydney.

Qantas has now released an updated schedule for its international network to ensure minimum disruption to passengers.

“This contingency schedule has been designed to provide certainty for customers planning to travel in the near future,” an airline spokesman said.

Singapore Airlines, which has already taken three Airbus A380 planes out of service, has not ruled out the possibility of grounding more if needs be.

SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng said: “We are in very close communication with the aircraft manufacturer and engine-maker.

“Even as they analyse the data, the observations, they come back to us with new recommendations. It is an ongoing, continuous process.” he said.

In other news Boeing has stopped test flights of its 787 Dreamliner after a fire forced an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday.

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