Singapore Airlines grounded three of its 11 Airbus A380s to perform “precautionary” engine changes after consultations with Trent 900 manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The move comes almost a week after a Qantas A380 experienced an uncontained engine failure on a Trent 900 during a flight from Singapore to Sydney.
Rolls-Royce says that the uncontained engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380 en route from Singapore to Sydney on November 4 “is specific to the Trent 900.”
A Qantas Airbus A380 on its way to Sydney from Singapore this morning experienced an uncontained engine failure soon after takeoff, forcing the airplane to return to Singapore and prompting Qantas to ground its entire fleet of six A380s. The aircraft, operating as Flight QF32, carried 440 passengers and 26 crewmembers, none of whom sustained injuries.
A consortium of investors led by Switzerland-based Van Lattmann Corporate Communications (VLCC) has embarked on an ambitious project to operate VIP versions of the Airbus A380 as flying cruise liners. The first of the aircraft is provisionally named the Dicke Berta after the German “Big Berta” World War I gun.
Sometimes business mixes with politics in less than subtle ways, as a dispute over landing rights in Toronto for Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways clearly illustrates.
Airbus (Booth No. 2215) came to NBAA with good news, starting with growth in corporate jet sales and confidence returning to the marketplace, according to Francois Chazelle, v-p of worldwide sales for executive and private aviation. Airbus opened a sales office in August in Hong Kong, he said, and has already made some sales in China.
An Airbus A380 test aircraft landed this week for the first time at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, making it the 120th airport visited by the superjumbo airliner to date. During the visit, the aircraft confirmed Day One readiness of Haneda’s new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks.
Head-of-state and VVIP completions centers are awaiting two new Boeing widebodies–the 747-8 and the all-composite 787. Both aircraft, which have suffered from well-publicized program delays, are currently in flight test and customer deliveries should begin next year.
Moscow’s JetExpo 2010 show last month provided evidence of strengthening demand for business aviation in the upper reaches of the Russian market. However, it is demand from the Russian government itself, rather than private companies or individuals, that seems to be leading this trend.
No one likes to endure the sticky feeling of excess humidity, but lack of humidity in aircraft cabins at altitude can be a major cause of discomfort and travel fatigue.