Entries in Rolls Royce (2)


Qantas Seeks Compensation; Investigators Identify Engine Defect

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas Airways is taking legal action against Rolls-Royce, seeking compensation from the superjumbo engine manufacturer.

The airline filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court of Australia Thursday, opening the door to gaining a settlement from Rolls-Royce at some point.

“[Thursday's] action allows Qantas to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services,” Sydney-based airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has identified the cause of the engine explosion that forced a Qantas Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Nov. 4.  In a statement released Thursday, the bureau cites a "potential manufacturing defect with an oil tube connection" in the engine.

Qantas grounded all six of its superjumbo jets for three weeks following the incident.

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Qantas and Airbus Back in the Air with the A380

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas returned two of its A380 jets to the skies on Saturday after an explosion grounded the fleet earlier this month.  The Nov. 4 engine explosion sent the A380 back to the Singapore airport for an emergency landing. 

The mid-air explosion was the most serious safety incident to date for the gigantic jet.  Qantas officials now say the fleet, with its Rolls Royce engines, has been closely examined.  The Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines needed to have some turbines replaced.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told reporters before Saturday's flight, "We are 100 percent comfortable with it."

Joyce is one of the 478 passengers to climb on board the first post-accident flight, bound from Sydney to Singapore and on to London. 

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