News & Reports News Year 2010 November , 2010 Rolls-Royce may replace 40 jet engines

Rolls-Royce may replace 40 jet engines

Rolls-Royce may have to replace up to 40 engines on Airbus airliners after a product of the type disintegrated in flight on a plane for the Australian Qantas airlines.
Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa are the only airlines to fly A380s powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, operating a total of 20 planes with four engines each.
On November 4, one of the giant engines on a Qantas superjumbo exploded shortly after the plane took off from Singapore. The Sydney-bound flight returned safely and made an emergency landing in Singapore.

"Rolls may have to look at replacing up to 40 engines across the entire A380 fleet," a Qantas spokeswoman told AFP, adding the planes in question included those in the Singapore and the Lufthansa fleets.
Qantas chief Alan Joyce said that up to 14 of the airline's A380 engines could potentially need to be changed. He did not specify when its fleet of A380s will resume flying their routes to Los Angeles and London.

Following the November 4 incident, Qantas has grounded all its six A380s and the airline said three Trent 900 engines have been removed.
Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa, with 11 and three A380s respectively, grounded some of their planes after the incident, but soon put almost all of them back to service after safety checks.

Joyce said the British-based Rolls-Royce, the world's second largest maker of jet engines, had already been in the process of modifying the engines to prevent oil leaks, but none of Qantas's turbines had been updated.
Joyce also said that Qantas had suffered a four to five-percent reduction in flying capacity due to the issues around A380s.

The double-decker A380, which carries 525 passengers and weighs 560 tons at takeoff, was highlighted as the future of long-haul aviation at its commercial launch in 2007.