Australia's Qantas grounds Airbus superjumbo fleet
Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd on Thursday grounded its Airbus superjumbo fleet after an A380 made a safe emergency landing in Singapore after an engine malfunctioned and shed debris over Indonesia's Batam Island, DPA reported.
None of the 459 people aboard Sydney-bound flight QF32 was injured in an incident that happened just minutes after take-off from Changi Airport.
"We've decided that we'll suspend all A380 take-offs until we are fully comfortable that sufficient information has been obtained about QF32," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters in Sydney.
"We'll suspend those A380 services until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met."
He said the airline did not have previous concerns about the engines.
"There are two flights due to depart Los Angles tonight and one flight to depart Sydney tonight - they will be suspended," Joyce said.
"Routine maintenance for the A380 fleet was done locally with heavy maintenance contracted out to Germany's Lufthansa," he said.
"The engines have been in service as long as the aircraft has operated, which is two years," he said. "These are new engines, they're a new design from Rolls Royce, they're engines that are particular for the A380 and they've been operating on all the A380 fleet."
He told reporters that engine failures were commonplace.
"But we don't know or understand the issue that's involved in this, so we're being very cautious in making sure we don't operate the aircraft until we know exactly what's caused it."