Lufthansa's first A380 has 'precautionary' engine change

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German flag-carrier Lufthansa has become the latest carrier to undertake an engine change on its Airbus A380 fleet, switching a single powerplant on its first airframe.

The airline is one of three carriers to use the Rolls-Royce Trent 900, currently under scrutiny following the uncontained failure on a Qantas A380.

Lufthansa changed a single engine on the airframe registered D-AIMA, the first A380 delivered to the airline. The jet is just six months old having arrived in mid-May.

A spokesman for the carrier points out that the decision is "precautionary", adding that the airline has discovered "no findings" relating to the Qantas mishap.

Lufthansa says it has been carrying out checks recommended by Rolls-Royce following the uncontained failure on flight QF32 on 4 November.

Rolls-Royce has yet to determine the nature of the failure and has advised Trent 900 operators to conduct checks relating to oil leakage.

Singapore Airlines and Qantas, the other two operators of Trent 900s on their A380 fleets, have each carried out engine changes, and Qantas' A380 fleet remains grounded.