After nearly three weeks of being grounded Qantas has announced that it will finally be putting its A380 fleet back into service. According to the airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce, Qantas has managed to get to the heart of the engine issue and feels it is appropriate to start flying again from the end of the week.
The Australian flag-carrier said a flight will leave Sydney for London on Saturday, making a stopover in Singapore. The Qantas A380 troubles started when a flight en route to Sydney had to make an emergency landing in Singapore following a large explosion in one of it Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
The aircraft managed to land safely with none of the passengers being injured. Qantas immediately grounded all six of its superjumbos as experts from Airbus and Rolls-Royce tried to get to the root of the problem.
Rolls-Royce has since said that it can trace the issue back to failure in a single, specific engine component. Problems with the component caused an engine fire. Oil leaks were discovered in three other engines. Qantas said that, for the time being, it will not be flying on routes which often require full engine thrust.
The airline said it had not yet entered into negotiations with Rolls-Royce over compensation. Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa, both of which fly Airbus A380s with the Trent 900, will also be looking for some sort of compensation. Qantas is due to have two more superjumbos delivered by Airbus before the year is out.