Qantas has said it will resume A380 services
between Australia and Los Angeles, commencing with QF93 from
Melbourne to Los Angeles on 16 January 2011.
The move follows the
grounding of the A380 fleet and continued suspension of A380
flights on the Los Angeles-Australia routes that regularly require
the use of maximum engine thrust. The suspension of the Los Angeles-Australia
routes was implemented to enable Qantas to monitor the performance
of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.
extensive engineering analysis and close consultation with
Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the European and Australian regulators,
Qantas, Rolls-Royce and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are
now satisfied that it is appropriate for Qantas to resume A380
flying on the Los Angeles-Australia routes.
Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the decision would
see Qantas continue the progressive reintroduction of A380s to its
“As always, safety has been our first
priority in assessing when and where to bring A380s back into
service over the past month,” Mr Joyce said. “Only
when we, our manufacturers and our regulators were completely
satisfied that it was safe to begin flying the aircraft again did
we resume A380 services, initially on London routes only.
“The decision not to operate Los Angeles services allowed
us to gain further operational experience before deploying the
A380 on these routes.
“In close consultation with
Rolls-Royce, we are now confident that we can begin flying the
A380 to and from Los Angeles without any conditions on the use of
maximum engine thrust.
“In the meantime, our A380
engine inspection process continues as we gradually restore the
aircraft to our international network. We are operating a full
international and domestic schedule, using our entire range of
For the remainder of January, Qantas
will operate 14 A380 services per week, on the following routes:
- QF9/10 (Melbourne-Singapore-London): three services per
- QF11/12 (Sydney-Los Angeles): four services per week.
- QF31/32 (Sydney-Singapore-London): daily.
February onwards, A380 frequencies on London and Los Angeles
routes will be steadily increased as aircraft return to service
and new deliveries join the fleet.
to offer 34 return services to Los Angeles each week, on the
- QF11/12, QF107/108 (Sydney-Los
Angeles): twice daily.
- QF93/94 (Melbourne-Los Angeles):
- QF15/16 (Brisbane-Los Angeles): six per week.
QF25/26 (Melbourne-Auckland-Los Angeles): daily.
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