biztravelr From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 15 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 21892 times:
Singapore Airlines has confirmed with Australian Business Traveller that it has cancelled an A380 flight to London and is grounding three A380s in the wake of continued concerns with the superjumbo's Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
The airline, which had previously given the all-clear to its fleet of eleven A380s, now says it has found unexpected oil leaks in some of the engines.
Similar oil leaks have been found on the engines of several Qantas A380 aircraft, which also use the same Rolls-Royce powerplant and have been blamed for last Thursday's emergency landing of a Qantas A380 flight following a mid-air explosion of one of the engines.
That explosion caused significant structural damage to the aircraft including tearing holes in the wing and fuel tank.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce disclosed yesterday that the Trent 900 used on Qantas planes were operated at a higher thrust power than those used on Singapore or Lufthansa A380s, and that the airline was investigating whether this could have contributed to the engine explosion.
However, with Singapore Airlines now finding oil leaks in their A380 engines, broader questions will now be asked about the reliability of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine platform.
Other airlines with the same engine on their A380s are now likely to be closely examining their own fleet for signs of similar oil leaks.
Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2130 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 21773 times:
Did you write this or paraphrase an article? If these are your words, I would contest your assertion of a "catastrophic mid-air explosion". Mid-air: granted. Explosion: not really. Catastrophic: no way. Except maybe for RR profits.
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QFA787380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 21361 times:
Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 4): Here is another report stating that Singapore Airlines have grounded 3 of their A380s for "precautionary engine changes" over concerns raised during inspections, an airline spokeswoman said today.
Hard to work out if all engines are being changed on these 380s, or only the affected ones. Certainly appears to be very concerning for RR and their T900 operators.
PanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4138 posts, RR: 90
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 21110 times:
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Quoting QFA787380 (Reply 6): Hard to work out if all engines are being changed on these 380s, or only the affected ones.
I agree - best we wait for an official statement from Singapore Airlines for clarification.
Update - According to a Bloomberg report it is 1 engine on each airplane
One engine on each plane will be changed as a “precautionary” measure, spokesman Nicholas Ionides said by phone today. The aircraft, which are in London, Melbourne and Sydney, probably will fly to Singapore without any passengers onboard for the engine swaps, he said.
KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 20585 times:
ronerone, did it fly again or does it remain grounded ?
Indeed interesting to see how this turns out. RR will have some hard times ahead if the engines are found to be faulty.
I've written to SIA PR, let's see if they will respond.
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Just something I'm wondering now.. Will SQ, QF and LH change their engines on the A380 from RR to EA?
Probably not. If this is something as simple as an oil leak, then it's probably a fixable design flaw.
If it were something REALLY awful and inept, like (just to be wildly speculative) they made the disk too thin and the entire engine would have to be re-designed to fix it, then they'd probably re-engine. But it's not as if EA has a bunch of extra GP700's sitting around on the off chance that SQ decides to re-engine.