Lufthansa keeps its A380s flying despite Singapore incident
German airline Lufthansa, which currently operates three Airbus 380 planes, said Thursday it would keep flying them despite an engine malfunction on a Qantas superjumbo in Singapore, DPA reported.
"Safety is our top priority," said a spokeswoman in Frankfurt. "We're monitoring this closely and we are in touch with the authorities and with Rolls-Royce."
Lufthansa's A380 jets are equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine that was damaged in the Singapore incident.
"The data from engines is continuously monitored during flight," the spokeswoman said.
All scheduled Lufthansa flights with the A380s would go ahead, a spokesman added. Two of the planes were arriving in Frankfurt from Tokyo and Beijing on Thursday morning and two takeoffs to Beijing and Johannesburg were scheduled.
Airlines had a choice at the time of purchase of buying an alternative engine for the huge passenger plane, the GP7200 made by Engine Alliance (EA), a consortium of General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and MTU of Germany.