An Australian airline has recovered from a mid-air engine explosion which occurred two months ago, allowing them to finally resume its flights.
Qantas airline suffered a mid-air engine explosion in November, punching a hole in the wing of the plane during its Singapore-Australia flight.
The Airbus A380 model is the world’s largest passenger plane; a double decker which can carry up to 800 people, though these particular planes are set to carry 450.
Qantas airline are pleased to have finally resumed flights of its A380s to the United States, stating the first flight will take off from Melbourne for Los Angeles on Sunday.
Despite resuming limited A380 flights to London in late November, the airline has been working since the incident to ensure premium safety on their future flights. The airline has replaced or modified at least 16 of its A380 engines since then.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said “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.
“The decision not to operate Los Angeles services allowed us to gain further operational experience before deploying the A380 on these routes.”
It was revealed by australian safety investigators in December that an oil leak in a turbine of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine may have caused the explosion. The investigators are satisfied with the actions taken to prevent it happening again.
The British engine maker Rolls-Royce announced that they were “delighted” that the airline had lifted its restrictions on the use of their engines and resumed normal service.