Qantas seeks compensation from Rolls Royce
December 4th, 2010 by elisa

Qantas is seeking compensation from Rolls Royce for problems with its A380 engines.

Last month’s problems have led to the airline filing a statement of claim to ensure it can take legal action against the manufacturer if it fails to reach a commercial settlement.

Investigations  identified a misaligned component of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine was to blame for last months problems which grounded the fleet for weeks.

Australian investigators said: “This condition could lead to an elevated risk of fatigue crack initiation and growth, oil leakage and potential catastrophic engine failure from a resulting oil fire.”

In a statement, Qantas said it had “commenced discussions with Rolls-Royce on a range of issues concerning the A380 fleet, including financial and operational impacts, as a consequence of the QF32 Trent 900 engine failure on 4 November 2010, and will also consider legal options.

“The airline has filed a statement of claim and been granted an injunction by the Federal Court of Australia which will ensure that the company can pursue legal action against Rolls-Royce in Australia, particularly under the Trade Practices Act, if a commercial settlement is not possible.”

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