By Shane McGinley
Dubai carrier said schedule of A380 aircraft is 'operating as normal'
Dubai carrier Emirates Airlines has confirmed its Airbus A380s will continue scheduled operations, after engine failure forced the emergency landing of a Qantas A380 in Singapore early Thursday morning.
“Our A380s are all operating as normal,” an Emirates Airline spokesperson told Arabian Business when asked if the incident would have any impact on their use of the superjumbo.
Emirates, which saw its half year profits surge 351 percent to AED3.4bn ($925m), is one of the A380’s biggest users with 12 aircraft in operation and a further 77 on order.
Its A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. Qantas Airlines' fleet uses Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
A Qantas Airlines A380 was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday when one of its four engines shut down. The aircraft, which was carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew on board, landed safely at Changi Airport in Singapore after its No.2 engine stopped working.
“The aircraft landed safely at 11:45 a.m. local time,” Qantas said in a statement. “Some media reports suggested the aircraft had crashed. These reports are incorrect. No Qantas aircraft has crashed.”
According to Qantas’s website, the airline’s A380s are equipped to carry up to 450 passengers plus crew.
The flight is a regular service that flies between Sydney, Singapore and London. The route is usually flown by one of Qantas' six Airbus A380 that were introduced into service in 2008.
The Emirates A380 engines are supplied by Engine Alliance (a JV between GE and Pratt & Whittney). The engine issues experienced by SIA, Lufthansa and most recently on the Qantas A380s were from Rolls Royce engines. Seems to me it's a design issue with the RR engines more than anything.
Emirates A380s rocks.