Airbus wants Rolls Royce compensation for A380 engine

18th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

European aircraft maker Airbus said Thursday it would seek compensation from Rolls Royce after one of the British manufacturer's engines failed on an Airbus A380 superjumbo operated by Qantas of Australia

"We will seek financial compensation from Rolls Royce," an Airbus spokesman said.

"Our production is currently far from normal" and Airbus is incurring additional costs because of the problem with the engine, he said.

The spokesman did not give any figures.

In London, a Rolls Royce spokesman said the company had "no comment" to make on the Airbus statement.

Qantas said earlier Thursday that it Rolls-Royce could have replace up to 40 engines on Airbus A380 superjumbos operated by various airlines.

"Rolls may have to look at replacing up to 40 engines across the entire A380 fleet," a Qantas spokeswoman told AFP.

Qantas has grounded its six A380s powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines after one was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on November 4 after one blew out.

Rolls Royce said last week that the failure of a "specific component in the turbine area of the engine" caused the fire which caused the mid-air blowout on the Qantas flight shortly after it took off for Sydney.

© 2010 AFP

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