Qantas has confirmed it will restart Airbus A380 operations on Saturday, some three weeks after an engine blow-out caused the Australian airline to ground its fleet.
Qantas Flight QF32 was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore earlier this month following an explosion in one of its four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines.
Pictured: Qantas Flight QF32 was grounded in Singapore
The airline is working with Airbus and the British engine-maker to get its aircraft back in the air, with Rolls Royce conducting its own investigation.
A single component has been identified for the fault in the Trent 900, with engines being replaced at Qantas and two other airlines operating the Airbus A380.
Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa both temporarily grounded their fleets, but have since seen them return to the skies.
Qantas is now ready to follow suit, with three of its six aircraft ready to begun operations this weekend.
“We’re completely comfortable with the operation of the aircraft,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.
The A380 will operate between Australia and the UK for its initial services.
As more A380s become serviceable, Qantas will assess when and how best to deploy them, consistent with its conservative operational approach over the past weeks.
The pilots who safely landed the stricken aircraft have recently been praised.