By Shane McGinley
Suspension of A380 flights after engine scare does not impact Middle East - spokesperson
Dnata in Dubai, Qantas’ representative in the Middle East, on Thursday said the airline's decision to ground its A380 aircraft would not affect scheduled flights to and from the region.
“In the Middle East they haven’t announced that. It is mainly Singapore to Australia, the Far Asia basically,” the spokesperson said.
The Australian carrier said it would ground its A380 planes after one of the fleet was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday, after 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.