RPT-UPDATE 1-Qantas A380 fleet could fly again within days-CEO

(Repeats item first published Nov 6)

SYDNEY, Nov 6 (BestGrowthStock) – Australia’s Qantas Airways
(QAN.AX: ) hopes to have its grounded fleet of six Airbus A380s
flying again “within days” following urgent checks after an
engine failure, chief executive Alan Joyce said on Saturday.

Joyce said he was optimistic that the world’s largest
passenger plane would pass the tests, as two safety incidents
on consecutive days overshadowed lavish celebrations to mark
the airline’s 90th anniversary this month.

The airline grounded its six A380s after an engine failure
on one of the aircraft on Thursday during a flight to
Australia, which forced it to make an emergency landing in
Singapore.

It marked the biggest incident to date for the world’s
largest passenger plane, which has been in service since 2007.
The incident forced other airlines to recheck their own A380s.

“We are hopeful that within days we will have our A380
fleet flying again,” Joyce said at an event in Sydney to mark
the anniversary this month of the founding of Qantas in 1920.

In a second incident on Friday, a Boeing (BA.N: ) 747 en
route to Australia was also forced to turn back to Singapore.
Joyce said an engine on that plane produced “smoke and sparks”
but called it a “contained engine failure” and said there were
no plans to ground the airline’s 747 fleet.

“We are not concerned about our 747 fleet,” he said.

However, the incidents have cast a shadow over Qantas’
anniversary celebrations, which on Saturday included a visit by
Hollywood actor John Travolta, who is a pilot and an aviation
enthusiast.

Travolta piloted his own vintage 707 in old Qantas livery
for the cameras before voicing his personal support for the
airline.

“The Qantas brand around the world is very strong,”
Travolta said.

A Qantas spokeswoman told Reuters that although both
Thursday and Friday’s incidents involved Rolls-Royce engines
they were of different types and the incidents were distinct.

“They are different aircraft and they are different
engines. They are very different incidents,” she said.

Shares in Rolls-Royce(RR.L: ), Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA: )
and Qantas all lost ground on Friday following Thursday’s
incident.
(Editing by Andrew Marshall)

RPT-UPDATE 1-Qantas A380 fleet could fly again within days-CEO