Qantas A380 blowout plane returns to service: Reuters

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Airlines, Asia, Australia
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[Reuters] – Australia’s Qantas took its repaired A380 superjumbo back to the skies on Saturday, resuming a 3,900 mile (6,300 km) journey dramatically interrupted 18 months ago when one of its engines blew up over Indonesia.

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

After $140 million of repairs, the world’s largest jetliner took off for Sydney shortly before midnight, carrying Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and members of the crew that safely landed the crippled Airbus in Singapore with 440 passengers on board.

“She’s running a little late… 18 months,” Joyce earlier told reporters under the left wing of the big jet, which was sprayed by shrapnel as the engine blew apart shortly after take-off from Singapore in November 2010.

The return to service of the flagship European jetliner ends a harrowing episode for the airline, plane maker Airbus (EAD.PA) and engine supplier Rolls-Royce (RR.L).

Investigators have blamed the incident on a potential manufacturing flaw at Britain’s Rolls-Royce, which endured blunt criticism from Joyce following the Trent 900 engine explosion.

Qantas and Airbus said the aircraft is safe and nearly as good as new after going through what they described as the biggest repair job on a single aircraft in aviation history.

The only visible scars are two patches of metal under the left wing where it was pierced by debris, some of which shot out at an angle that narrowly missed the top of the fuselage….

Read the full Reuters story…..


By Harry Suhartono
SINGAPORE | Sat Apr 21


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