September 20, 2021

Qantas A380 Back In The Air

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The Qantas A380 that had engine trouble was just put back into service. Image courtesy of Qantas.

On November 4 an engine exploded just after take off on the Qantas A380 Airbus. The explosion, which was a very serious safety scare for the world’s newest and largest jetliner, grounded all six of the A380’s for more than three weeks.

Qantas Ltd. Chief Executive Alan Joyce said he hoped the public saw it as an issue of public safety when the company chose to ground the whole fleet.

On Saturday, November 27, the A380’s returned to the sky. The plane was flown from Los Angeles to Sydney. Once in Sydney, it picked up passengers and took them to Singapore, then on to London.

The airbus was able to resume flight after it was fully inspected by the Rolls-Royce and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Qantas plans to reintroduce more airbuses back into the skies one at a time, making sure they are all inspected and safe.

Routes that require maximum engine thrust have been suspended at this time as that was a major factor in the November 4 explosion. According to Qantas, they have been suspended “until further operational experience is gained or possible additional changes are made to engines.”

In compliance with the European Aviation Safety Agency, inspections will need to be done after every 20 flights in the Trent 900’s.