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SIA 'delays' A380 flights for engine checks

Singapore Airlines is "delaying" all flights scheduled to be operated with its Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered Airbus A380s following an incident earlier today involving a serious engine failure on a Qantas aircraft.

"Our engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and aircraft manufacturer Airbus have advised us to conduct precautionary technical checks on our A380 aircraft, following today's incident involving another operator's A380," says SIA.

"Resulting from this development, Singapore Airlines will be delaying all flights operating our A380 aircraft.

"We will keep affected customers updated and more information will be provided once it is available," adds the statement posted on the airline's website.

The Qantas A380 made an emergency landing at Singapore's Changi Airport earlier today after its number two Trent engine appeared to suffer an uncontained failure, resulting in damage to the adjacent wing structure. The Australian flag-carrier has subsequently grounded its A380 fleet.

Lufthansa is the only other current operator of Trent-powered A380s and says it is continuing operations as normal.

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