A Qantas Airbus A380 on its way to Sydney from Singapore this morning experienced an uncontained engine failure soon after takeoff, forcing the airplane to return to Singapore and prompting Qantas to ground its entire fleet of six A380s. The aircraft, operating as Flight QF32, carried 440 passengers and 26 crewmembers, none of whom sustained injuries.
Singapore Airlines fleet
British Airways bid farewell to its three remaining Boeing 757s on Saturday, October 30, with a special farewell tour around the UK. To commemorate the day, the airline repainted one of the aircraft, G-CPET, in vintage BA livery from 1983. That airplane visited Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh during its final day in British Airways service from London Heathrow. The other two 757s flew from Heathrow on Spanish services.
Boeing today announced yet another delay to the 787 program, following “an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.” This latest hiccup will force Boeing to suspend delivery of launch customer All Nippon Airways’ first 787 until the middle of next year’s first quarter, the Chicago-based airframer confirmed today.
Michelin Inks 425-Aircraft Tire Deal
Tire manufacturer Michelin has signed two 10-year contracts with Air France and KLM to provide tires for “around 425 aircraft.” The aircraft, covered on a pay-by-the-landing basis, include 145 Airbus A320s, 66 Boeing 737s, 34 Boeing 777-300ERs and three Airbus A380s, among others.
L-3 Link on a Mission for the U.S. Air Force
Hong Kong Airlines finalized a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s, the European manufacturer confirmed today. The contract, which closes on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, calls for Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to power the new aircraft.
Chile’s LAN Airlines has reached an agreement with Boeing to advance the start of delivery of ten 787-8 Dreamliners it has ordered by three years, from 2014 to the first half of 2011, the airline announced yesterday. Under the new schedule, LAN would become the first airline in the Western hemisphere to take delivery of the type.
The first Boeing 787 prototype had to make an emergency landing at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake, Wash., after test pilots lost thrust on one of the airplane’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Boeing and Rolls-Royce determined that a faulty pressure-sensing component led to the loss of power, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth wrote in his blog yesterday.
Airbus and Boeing tallied their 2009 delivery totals this month and each managed to meet its respective target, giving the companies a chance to trumpet all-time records during a year that by most others measures was “challenging.” In fact, Airbus even met its projections for gross orders for the year with 310, worth $34.9 billion.
Airbus kept its steadily advancing order train rolling on the third day of the Dubai Airshow with a pair of modest, but nonetheless significant, announcements involving models ranging from the single-aisle A320 to the A380 superjumbo.