Qantas has released the below media release in
relation to its flight statuses and International Network availability following
the grounding of all Qantas A380 aircraft after the Qantas A380 Engine issue.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS CONFIRMS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
SYDNEY, 11 November 2010: Qantas has confirmed an updated schedule
for its international network to ensure minimum disruption to passengers
following the grounding of its Airbus A380 fleet.
The new forward schedule enables Qantas to accommodate customers on
services across its entire international network over the coming weeks,
regardless of when A380 aircraft re-enter service.
While Qantas is committed to bringing its A380s back into service as
soon as possible, this contingency schedule has been designed to provide
certainty for customers planning to travel in the near future.
The Qantas Group has a fleet of over 250 aircraft across domestic and
international operations and all Qantas aircraft are being utilised to minimise
Boeing 747s have been replaced by A330s on the Sydney to Narita route
and A330s have been replaced by B767s on Perth to Singapore services. B747s
have also been replaced by A330s on the Sydney to Hong Kong route. These
changes will enable Qantas to operate 747s on long-haul international services
previously operated by the A380.
For the period of 5 to 11 November, Qantas operated 505 of the 512
scheduled services across its international network.
Minor changes have been made to aircraft operating certain domestic
services in order to provide alternate capacity on the Qantas international
Qantas is continuing an intensive inspection program on all Rolls-Royce
engines in its A380 fleet and
Qantas engineers have removed three engines to undertake further
Engineers have been investigating the engines in detail and how their
components and design perform under operational conditions, as opposed to the
original out-of-factory expectations.
The European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) today issued an
Airworthiness Directive for all Rolls- Royce Trent 900 engines. Qantas’ ongoing
inspection program is fully compliant with this directive.
The specific checks mandated by the directive were already being carried
out by Qantas in conjunction with Rolls-Royce.
Qantas’ A380 aircraft will not return to service until there is complete
certainty that the fleet can operate safely.
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