Archive | December, 2010

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Why Qantas had to bring Rolls to court

What Qantas wants to avoid is being back in the spotlight with its A380, but upwards of a half billion dollars is at stake. Photo: Will Horton Reading the details from Qantas’ affidavit and claim against Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of its Trent 900 engine that experienced an uncontained failure on 4 November, you cannot help […]

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It was this video that got Air NZ into trouble?

In this edition of quirky news, ever since Air New Zealand had its employees, including chief executive Rob Fyfe, strip for videos, some people had been claiming Air NZ had gone too far. With each new video and characters introduced–notably a fluffy and sleazy mammal with a penchant for wearing purple vests–came more protests.And now […]

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Fixing Rolls-Royce’s disposable A380 engines

A Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine seen on Qantas A380 VH-OQC at Sydney on 6 November. Photo: Will Horton Building the world’s largest passenger aircraft and the engines to power it was no easy feat. But now, fixing the beleaguered Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines that power A380s from Qantas, amongst other carriers, will be a new […]

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Rolls-Royce puts the 80 in A380

Rolls-Royce’s revised operating procedures mean Qantas can only carry 80 passengers on its A380s between Australia and America. Photo: Will Horton Qantas this week expects to hear from Rolls-Royce on how it can fully restore its trans-Pacific A380 flights connecting Los Angeles with Melbourne and Sydney.When Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the Trent 900 engine that […]

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Skytaders, operator of unusual aircraft, bestowed with unusual accidents

Skytraders C-212 VH-VHB, one of two in the carrier’s fleet, seen during better times. Photo: Skytraders Sydney-based Skytraders operates some unique aircraft, including an Airbus A319LR with built-in stairs and two EADS CASA 212-400 aircraft equipped with skis (see above photo).Unfortunately these unusual aircraft lend themselves to be operated in uncommon environments, producing some unusual–but […]

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Trent 900 shortage finally hits A380 operators

The no. 3 engine on Qantas A380 VH-OQC was one engine that needed to be replaced. Here in Sydney on 6 November engineers prepare to demount it. Photo: Will HortonAlmost a month ago when Qantas first said it would have to change engines on its A380s in the wake of the 4 November uncontained failure, […]

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Interview with pilot in the cockpit of QF32 on 4 November

Photo: David EvansThe Royal Aeronautical Society has a fascinating interview with Qantas A380 Captain David Evans. He was in the cockpit as an observing check pilot during the QF32 uncontained Trent 900 engine failure on 4 November. Evans is seen on the right in the above photo taken after QF32 returned to Singapore.It’s a must […]

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From Rolls-Royce, eleven words worth a million

Engineers conduct a borescope investigation of the no. 2 Trent 900 engine on Qantas A380 VH-OQC in Sydney on 6 November. Photo: Will HortonLast Friday night Andrew Dudgeon naturally took to the stage precariously.The chief executive of Rolls-Royce Australasia was to present the technical story of the year award at the National Aviation Press Club […]

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Air NZ to receive 777-300 for Christmas

Air New Zealand 777-300ER. Photo: Flickr user kpaekilo1 If all goes according to plan, Air New Zealand will receive this Christmas a gift about as big as they come: a Boeing 777-300ER. Not only is it the first of an order for five, it is also the first aircraft to have the carrier’s new long-haul interior, […]

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Photo: 767-300 freighter to wear Qantas livery

In February when Express Freighters Australia, the wholly-owned freighter management company for Qantas, deploys a 767-300F for Qantas Freight, the aircraft will be the first freighter to wear a Qantas livery (sans kangaroo on the tail). The 767-300F will be deployed on the Trans-Tasman route to New Zealand, Qantas says. The -aircraft will replace a […]

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