Lufthansa to change 2nd A380 engine

2010-11-18 18:47

Frankfurt - German flag carrier Lufthansa said on Thursday it would change a Rolls-Royce engine on one of its Airbus A380, the second such operation since a Qantas flight suffered a mid-air blow out earlier this month.

The engine is "from an old model" and "showed no oil leak," the apparent cause of the Qantas incident that forced an A380 into an emergency landing in Singapore, Lufthansa spokesperson Thomas Jachnow told AFP.

"Our planes are all relatively new. Qantas and Singapore Airlines have older machines," he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Qantas said that Rolls-Royce may replace up to 40 engines on Airbus A380 aircraft.

In the wake of the emergency, the European Aviation Safety Agency ordered airlines to carry out new inspections of the Rolls-Royce engines.

The double-decker A380, which carries 525 passengers and weighs 560 tons at take off, was hailed as the future of long-haul aviation at its commercial launch in 2007.

Lufthansa has four of the planes, with its latest acquisition due to make its maiden flight on Thursday.

"This plane is not affected," said Jachnow.