Qantas A380 fleet retuning to full strength

Qantas has confirmed it will reintroduce a fifth Airbus A380 to its fleet on Friday.

The Australian airline suspended all A380 operations following an engine failure in November, which saw a plane forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore.

The airline had already returned three of its existing A380s to service.

A new aircraft delivered last week is also now flying, with a spokeswoman confirming a plane returning from Lufthansa Technik was due to go back into service on Friday.

The airline also has two new A380 planes scheduled to arrive in the New Year.

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Qantas has been using the A380s on flights from Sydney to London via Singapore only and not to the US, where extra engine thrust is required due to the shorter runway at Los Angeles airport.

The move comes as European Aviation Safety Agency eased inspection rules on Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines operated by Qantas, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Airlines will now be required to check the engines after 200 flights, with subsequent examinations every 100.

EASA had required checks every ten flights, later revised to every 20.

Rolls-Royce

The failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine was responsible for the emergency landing of the Qantas’ A380.

Human ingenuity may have been all that kept the aircraft from disaster pilots unions have argued.

The aircraft that suffered the “uncontained” failure in one of its four engines is still in Singapore.