Lufthansa to keep Rolls-Royce A380 engines – paper

FRANKFURT, Nov 10 (BestGrowthStock) – Deutsche Lufthansa AG
(LHAG.DE: ) is sticking with Rolls-Royce Plc (RR.L: ) engines for
the Airbus A380 superjumbo, Chief Executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber
told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Upon being asked whether Lufthansa was considering ordering
the A380 equipped with engines by United Technologies Corp
(UTX.N: ) unit Pratt & Whitney or General Electric Co (GE.N: ), he
said “No,” according to an advance copy of FAZ’s Thursday

As a precautionary measure, Lufthansa inspected all its
aircraft and sent one engine back to Rolls-Royce for
evaluation, but overall the A380 is “as secure as any other
aircraft,” Mayrhuber told the paper.

Six Airbus A380’s operated by Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX: )
were grounded after a Rolls-Royce engine partly disintegrated
mid-flight, forcing the fully laden Airbus A380 to make an
emergency landing in the biggest incident to date for the
world’s largest passenger jet.

Investigations into that incident have focused on oil leaks
inside the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the same model used
to power Singapore Airlines Ltd’s (SIAL.SI: ) and Lufthansa’s
A380 fleets. [ID:nN05242153]

Separately, EADS (EAD.PA: ) CEO Tom Enders said there was no
reason to doubt the safety of the A380, made by EADS’ Airbus
unit, and he has confidence that Rolls-Royce will ensure no
repeat of engine problems. [ID:nBAT005758]

Mayrhuber also told the paper that China is becoming more
important for Lufthansa, adding that Lufthansa plans to expand
its offerings in the Asian market.

“We are planning new destinations as well as more flights
on existing routes,” he said, but declined to elaborate
(Reporting by Edward Taylor, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

Lufthansa to keep Rolls-Royce A380 engines – paper