Qantas has been forced to ground one of its A380s in the UK after the superjumbo developed a fuel leak.
Passengers travelling from London to Melbourne endured a delay of more than 14 hours after the plane was declared “unserviceable”.
The incident follows the airline grounding one of its A380s to deal with a minor technical fault at Los Angeles airport five weeks ago.
“Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue and we hope to have the aircraft return to service very soon,” a spokeswoman said. “We remain committed to the A380, as the cornerstone of our new generation. We apologise to our customers.”
Qantas has much riding on the world’s largest passenger airliner, which seats 450 passengers in first class, business class, premium economy and economy.
The airline has been operating three return flights a week from Heathrow to Sydney since January and will expand the service to daily by the end of the year with the delivery of another four of the planes.