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Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure

Qantas Airways has reiterated that it believes it has a cause of action against the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  The two companies are currently in talks, and Australia's national airline says it will seek an out-of-court commercial settlement from the British company before proceeding with any lawsuit, according to www.foxbusiness.com.  Rolls-Royce "gave no response" to the news from Qantas.

Findings from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), about an engine weakness which led to the November 4 engine failure over Indonesia, led Qantas to "conduct further investigations" into the causes of the blown engine.  The flight ended with a dramatic landing back at Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS), whence it had departed shortly before, bound for Sydney.  The A380 trailed smoke as it touched back down at Changi International.

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.

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Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure (November 27, 2010)

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

Qantas prepares to sue Rolls-Royce over engine blast (Yahoo News)

Qantas Says It Can Pursue Legal Action Against Rolls-Royce (Fox Business)

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