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Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure

Earlier today, Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce expressed confidence in the repairs made to his airline's fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, before boarding one in Sydney bound for Singapore.  This was the first A380 flight operated by Australia's national airline since its fleet of A380s was grounded on November 4, after an engine failure over the Indonesian island of Batam forced a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 to return to Singapore.  Joyce said Qantas is now "100 per cent comfortable with the operation of the [A380]," and that his airline is in talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation.  Joyce said the British aircraft engine maker was "apologetic" over the situation.

Yesterday, a Qantas-operated Boeing 747 was delayed just before takeoff from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) when an indicator light showed an engine fault.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Alan Joyce on board as Qantas A380 returns to sky (The Australian)

First Qantas A380 back in operation (World News Australia)

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