Qantas A380s begin to resume flights
November 23rd, 2010 by elisa

Two of the six currently grounded Qantas A380s are to be put back into service. The first will be this Saturday (27th November) which will fly between Sydney and London via Singapore.

Qantas said the decision to restore A380 services follows an intensive engine inspection carried out in close consultation with Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

“Together with the engine and aircraft manufacturers and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Qantas is now satisfied that it can begin reintroducing A380s to its international network progressively.” said a statement from the airline.

The A380s which serve the Los Angeles to Sydney and Los Angeles to Melbourne routes will not resume yet as these require fuel tanks to be near capacity which means a higher thrust on take-off.

The statement added: “In line with its conservative approach to operational safety, Qantas is voluntarily suspending A380 services on routes that regularly require use of maximum certified engine thrust and will do so until further operational experience is gained or possible additional changes are made to engines.

“This is an operational decision by Qantas and pilots still have access to maximum certified thrust if they require it during flight. It is not a manufacturer’s directive.”

Chief Executive, Alan Joyce said Qantas would have four of the A380s operating by Christmas.

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