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Lufthansa gets new A380 as safety concerns persist

The Local · 16 Nov 2010, 12:05

Published: 16 Nov 2010 12:05 GMT+01:00

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The double-decker aircraft, the largest passenger plane in the world, are the subject of increasing concern after one of the jets owned by Qantas developed major engine trouble earlier this month.

The close-call was followed by the discovery of oil leaks in several faulty A380 engines produced by Rolls Royce, which has returned some engines to production lines to replace problem parts on already finished planes.

On Monday, a Lufthansa captain decided that his A380 should undergo further safety checks after the plane was already awaiting take-off on the runway, the airline said.

While technicians found no issues with the landing gear, the plane was replaced with another before the flight proceeded.

Head of Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau exhibition hall, Gereon Sievernich, was on board the A380 and said he could hear strange noises coming from the landing gear, calling the pilot’s choice to turn back the “right decision.”

Lufthansa said Monday that it planned to continue its three A380 flights between Frankfurt and the three long-haul destinations of Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg.

Meanwhile the airline is set to take delivery of its next A380 on Tuesday in Frankfurt, spokesperson Thomas Jachnow said. It will carry its first passengers on November 19.

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The company remains in contact with Rolls Royce over whether engine parts will need to be replaced, Jachnow added. The Trent 970 model engines in Lufthansa’s A380s are much newer than the Trent 972 models in the Qantas planes, he said.


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17:04 November 16, 2010 by Beachrider
The Trent 972 engine that Qantas uses has a higher thrust rating than the 970. RR still offers both engines. That make both engines 'current', but the Qantas ones certainly had more mileage on them.

The press has published that some problematic oil-stains were found in the engine on the Qantas plane (and two other Qantas planes). The stains were problematic because there should be no oil at some of these locations.

Oil in those locations is the lead hypothesis for the explosion on the Qantas A380.

The A380 planes without the RR Trent engines have not been implicated in this. Air France and Emirates fly the non-RR engines.
23:26 November 16, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it would surely be a wonderful thing if someone from RR were to see this particular comment.

An a commerical aerospace expert, I suggest that RR form a "Full Partnership" with thier associates from the IAE V2500 jet engine progam. There appears to be a very talented group of people behind that successful turbofan.
03:42 November 22, 2010 by Beachrider
It would take 12 V2500s to do what four 972s do. Maybe you could make the A380 into a triplane and fit the 12 engines.

You DO realize the the Engine Alliance GP7200 is working just fine, right?
09:21 November 23, 2010 by catjones
It appears testing is taking place with passengers on board.
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