Lufthansa says to change one A380 engine

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German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday it was changing an engine on one of its three Airbus A380 planes but that it was unrelated to oil leaks detected by other carriers.

"Following an inspection of the engines, we have decided to replace one of them as a precautionary measure, following talks with (engine manufacturer) Rolls-Royce," a spokesman for the German flag carrier told AFP.

"This has nothing to do with the oil leaks detected in engines of Qantas and Singapore Airlines," he said, adding that the move would not result in any delays.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Wednesday grounded three of its A380s because of problems with their Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, joining Qantas in halting operations on the world's largest passenger plane.

Australian carrier Qantas was forced to ground its entire Airbus fleet after a mid-air engine blowout on one of the planes nearly a week ago.

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