Qantas: 40 engines on A380s need to be replaced

FILE - Qantas Airbus A380 (VH-OQA) takes off from London Heathrow Airport, England in May 2009.

November 17, 2010 5:13:41 PM PST
Qantas' chief executive says that up to 40 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines will need to be replaced in the global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos following an incident in which an engine broke apart in midair.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce reportedly told journalists on Thursday that the airline was in discussions with Airbus about its fleet of A380s, which have been grounded since the Nov. 4 incident. Qantas spokesman Simon Rushton confirmed Joyce's comments.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa all fly A380s powered by Trent 900 engines. Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa briefly grounded some of their superjumbos after the Qantas incident but returned almost all of them to service after conducting safety checks.