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Friday
Jun242011

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce for 95 million AUD out of court

Qantas Airways announced earlier this week that it reached an out-of-court settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce regarding last November's engine failure on one of the Australian flag carrier airline's Airbus A380 models.  The settlement is in the amount of 95 million AUD (70.4 million EUR; 62.4 million GBP; 123.1 million NZD; 99.7 million USD).

The deal was reached Wednesday morning, but during a press conference, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce refused to go into specifics.  He characterized the settlement as "a very good result," considering the recent downturn in the commercial aviation industry in general.

The A380 that suffered the engine failure happened to be the first A380 inaugurated into service by Qantas in late 2008.  It was given the name Nancy Bird Walton, after the famous Australian aviatrix born in 1915.  She was the youngest Australian woman to have a pilot's license, and during the 1930s, operated an air ambulance service in the Australian state of New South Wales.  She died in 2009, at the age of 93.

The Qantas Airbus A380 was scheduled to fly from Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore to Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) in Sydney.  The engine failed shortly after takeoff, requiring the plane to return to Singapore.  Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s (of which there were six at the time) for inspections.  This prompted Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa to do the same.  In the time since, all three airlines have expressed confidence in the long-term soundness of the A380, both mechanically and from a business point of view.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa are three of six carriers worldwide to fly the Airbus A380.  The others are Air France, Emirates, and Korean AirAir France and Emirates were unconcerned about the safety of the A380s in their respective fleets, because the engines in all of their A380s are the GP7200, made by the Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.  Last November, Korean Air did not yet fly the A380.  But for the record, it chose the Engine Alliance GP7200 to power its A380, of which it has ordered ten, and currently possesses one.

related stories

Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure (December 2, 2010)

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 Reaches Commercial Agreement with Rolls-Royce (Qantas Airways)

Rolls-Royce deal drives Qantas profit (Sydney Morning Herald)

Rolls-Royce, Qantas settle over engine explosion (Yahoo News)

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce (CNN Online)

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Thursday
Dec022010

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.

related stories

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)

Tuesday
Nov092010

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

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

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)

Friday
Jul092010

World Cup Semifinals and Final sparked rivalry between airlines

Airlines based in countries whose national teams made the semifinals in this year’s World Cup have scheduled extra flights between their European hubs and South African cities hosting games the semifinalists and finalists have played in or will play in.  The flag carriers of the two countries remaining in the World Cup, the Netherlands and Spain, are each a member of one of the largest airline alliances in the world.  And over the course of this week, the Dutch airline KLM added four flights each way between Johannesburg, where the Final will be played, and its European hubs of Amsterdam and Paris.  The Spanish airline Iberia has not announced via its website, any intention to make additional flights to and from South Africa, as of the time of this post.

Several days ago, a Lufthansa spokesman said if the team from Germany won the World Cup, that they would fly back home on an Airbus A380.  In the days since, Germany lost to Spain in the second semifinal match, and will play the team from Uruguay for third place.  (It is unknown what airplane the team from Germany will use instead.)

Lufthansa was reconstituted in its present form in 1954.  It is the German flag carrier, and is the largest airline headquartered in Europe, by number of passengers carried.  Its headquarters is in Frankfurt.  The Netherlands’ flag carrier KLM was formed in 1919, and flew its first flights the following year.  It is headquartered in Amsterdam, and its main hub is that city’s Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM).  KLM merged with Air France in 2004, though both airlines retain their familiar logos and branding scheme.  Iberia is the Spanish flag carrier, and was founded in 1927.  It is based in the national capital of Madrid, and maintains its largest hub at Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD).  Iberia announced last year that it has reached a preliminary merger agreement with British Airways.  The agreement between British Airways and Iberia was confirmed again this past April.  The resulting business entity will be called International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A.  It is expected that the merger will be complete by the end of this year.  Both Iberia and British Airways will retain their current logos and branding scheme.

original story (www.airwise.com)

Tuesday
Jun222010

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s

Betting on a huge recovery in the air travel business over the next several years, Emirates announced recently it is seeking to purchase even more Airbus A380s than the 90 it has already ordered.  Tim Clark, the president of the airline, explained the airline's plans, saying that Emirates wants to be well-positioned for the turnaround in worldwide demand for air travel that will occur in the coming years, and not get caught "behind the curve."

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner.  Such extensive planned use of the A380 was recently justified by an official with the airline, at a delivery ceremony for Emirates in Berlin, as necessary to establish Dubai as "a central gateway to worldwide air travel."  Emirates has explicit plans to one day become the world's largest airline.  The A380 boasts a double-decker seating configuration, and seats between 489 and 555 passengers depending on seating configuration.  Emirates currently flies 10 Airbus A380s.  The airline uses two configurations when it flies the A380, one which seats 489 passengers and another which seats 517 passengers.

Emirates was founded in 1985, and is the official airline of Dubai, the most populous emirate of the United Arab Emirates, as of this post.  Emirates flies aircraft made by both Airbus and Boeing.  Its main hub is Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB), and it is headquartered in Dubai.  Airbus was founded in 1970 as a joint effort of the governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.  It produces around half of the world's jetliners, and is based near Toulouse, France.

related stories

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original story (www.flightglobal.com)

Wednesday
Jun162010

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft

A recent purchase by the United Arab Emirates-based airline, of 32 additional Airbus A380s brings the airline’s total of Airbus A380s to 90.  The move surprised Emirates’ competitors, including Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia.  Qantas chief Alan Joyce expressed bemusement at the size of the order from Emirates, worth 11.5 billion USD (9.4 billion EUR; 13.4 billion AUS).  Emirates officials stated in Berlin recently that their goal was for the emirate of Dubai to become a major hub for worldwide travel.

The Airbus A380 made its worldwide debut in 2005, flying from Toulouse, France, the Airbus headquarters (IATA: TLS; ICAO: LFBO).  Singapore Airlines made the first commercial flight of an Airbus A380, from Singapore Changi International (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney, Australia (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) in 2007.  As of this post, the A380 is the largest passenger airliner in the world.

Emirates was founded in 1985.  It is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.  Its main hub is at Dubai International Airport (IATA; DXB; ICAO: OMDB).  Qantas was founded in 1920, and operates out of Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia.  Its main hubs are at Kingsford Smith Airport and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).

original story (The Australian)