Engine blast grounds Qantas A380s causes delays

first_imgThe infamous Qantas A380 now grounded Three Qantas flights normally operated by A380s have been delayed by 24 hours, while other A380 operated Qantas flights will instead use different aircraft following yesterday’s engine explosion on Qantas Flight 32.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters last night that Qantas “will suspend all A380 take-offs until we’re fully comfortable that we have sufficient information…about QF32”.“We will suspend those A380 services until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met,” he said.Scrabbling for alternative aircraft to service flights, Qantas announced today’s Melbourne to Los Angeles QF93 flight has been delayed by 24 hours as have two Sydney bound Los Angeles flights, QF12 and QF108.A Boeing 747-400 will replace the A380 for QF11 (Sydney to Los Angeles) and QF31 (Sydney to London via Singapore) and a British Airways chartered Boeing 777 will operate QF10 (London to Singapore) with the final Singapore to Melbourne sector replacement to be advised.Passengers affected by delays caused by the suspension of A380 services have been contacted, Qantas said.According to Qantas, over 70 Qantas international flights, not serviced by A380s, will operate as scheduled into and out of Australia today.Speaking to ABC’s Lateline Qantas A380 pilot and Australian and International Pilots Association president Barry Jackson said Qantas have made a “very cautious move to ground the whole fleet [of A380s] and at significant cost to the company” adding that “it was a conservative approach”.Mr Joyce, however, made clear that passenger safety was Qantas’s number one priority, regardless of time and subsequent cost.Singapore Airlines whose A380s, like Qantas’, use a Rolls Royce engine were advised by Rolls Royce and Airbus to conduct precautionary checks, although other A380 carriers have taken no steps to ground their A380 fleets, News.com.au reported.Airbus said they have dispatched a team of specialists to Singapore to “provide full technical assistance” to investigations into yesterday’s flight, while Changi Airport advised that Runway 2, which has remain closed since QF32 landed yesterday, will reopen later today.e-Travel Blackboard will stay on top of any updates and will post details as Breaking News Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img

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