Qantas stated an exact date to resume A380 service on its Los Angeles routes is yet to be set, but the carrier has prepared a scheduled with the intention of resuming the services within weeks (Associated Press/Reuters, 05-Jan-2011). The carrier reportedly hopes to resume the services on 17-Jan-2011, but this is yet to be confirmed. The plans come as Rolls-Royce finalises its investigation into the cause of the 04-Nov-2010 incident, in which a Trent 900 engine exploded in a Qantas aircraft mid-flight. Qantas will need to receive approval from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before the services can be resumed. The carrier is yet to commence talks with CASA over the plans. Qantas plans to take delivery of a seventh A380 in mid-Jan-2010 and its eighth in early Feb-2011. It also expects to resume operations of a third A380 this month.
6-Jan-2011 10:20 AM