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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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Monday
Nov222010

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation

Following a series of engine-related malfunctions, including one on November 4 that forced pilots to make an emergency landing in Singapore, both the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus, and Australia's Qantas Airways have announced they will seek compensation from the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  An Airbus spokesman said the company would seek "full financial compensation" from Rolls-Royce.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was too early to determine how much, in monetary terms, this has cost the airline, but suggested that Australia's national airline might seek compensation from Rolls-Royce in the future.

Qantas plans to return one of its grounded A380s to service this coming Saturday.  Joyce has said he will be aboard the first Qantas-operated A380 to fly since the November 4 engine failure.

related stories

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

Rolls-Royce face Qantas Airbus A380 compensation over engine scare (UK Daily Mail)

Qantas Seeks Rolls-Royce compensation for A380 (Wall Street Journal)

Qantas to Recommence A380 services (Qantas Airways)

Monday
Nov082010

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure

Qantas Airways, the national airline of Australia, continues research this week into the cause of a mid-air engine explosion that forced the recent emergency landing of one of its aircraft.  The affected aircraft is an Airbus A380, and as a result of the engine failure, Qantas has grounded indefinitely (but for at least a week) its entire fleet of Airbus A380s.  The aircraft that suffered the engine failure had departed from Changi Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) bound for Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney, the largest Australian city (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Engine failure occurred relatively shortly after takeoff, as the aircraft had only made it over Indonesia when it was forced to dump fuel and return to Singapore.

"A series of recent emergencies on various aircraft" has afflicted Australia's best-known airline, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.  Investigators into the malfunctions have discovered faults with three Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the type used to power the Airbus A380.  Singapore Airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have said they will continue operating the A380.  Air France and Dubai-based Emirates also operate the A380, but as of this post, neither has explicitly indicated, in light of the Qantas engine explosion, whether they will or will not continue to fly the A380.

Singapore-Sydney was the very first route flown commercially by the Airbus A380.  That flight, in October 2007, was operated by Singapore Airlines.

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, six of which are the grounded A380s.  Qantas 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 near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), 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.

original stories

Qantas Continues A380 Engine Inspection Program (Qantas Airways)

Qantas Extends A380 Grounding to a Week After Engine Explosion (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Oil leaks investigated as Qantas Extends A380 grounding (Sydney Morning Herald)

Qantas A380 makes emergency landing in Singapore (Sydney Morning Herald)

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)