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Jet Passengers Heard a Bang, Saw the Hole Upon Landing

Airbus 380 flew nearly 14 hours to Australia with damaged exterior

(Newser) - About 45 minutes into their 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Australia, passengers heard a loud bang, reports Insider . It's probably just as well they didn't see what that bang did to their Airbus 380 jet until they landed: As these tweeted images show, it blew...

Airbus Gives Up on World's Biggest Passenger Jet

A380 production will end in 2021

(Newser) - European plane manufacturer Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world's biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry's most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus...

Failed Air France Engine Found in Icy Wasteland

Airbus A380's engine exploded midflight

(Newser) - The remains of an engine from an Air France Airbus A380 have been recovered from an icy desert in Greenland—and investigators hope the parts will provide clues to an "incredibly rare" midflight engine explosion last weekend. France's BEA air accident agency says the flight's data recorder...

JetBlue Cuts Legroom, Adds Bag Fees
JetBlue Cuts Legroom,
Adds Bag Fees

JetBlue Cuts Legroom, Adds Bag Fees

Which leaves Southwest as only airline without such fees

(Newser) - The latest flower in the drooping and ponderous bouquet we like to call "why everyone hates airlines" comes via special delivery from JetBlue, which is cutting one thing passengers do like and adding one thing they don't. The airline, which the Wall Street Journal notes is looking to...

Rolls-Royce Paying $100M to Qantas for Engine Blast

Engine maker agrees to $100M compensation deal

(Newser) - Rolls-Royce has agreed to compensate Qantas for the mid-air disintegration of an Airbus A380 engine last year. The Australian airline grounded all of its A380s for weeks after the incident last year, which investigators blamed on an oil fire caused by a manufacturing defect. The disintegration triggered an emergency landing,...

Airbus' Star Jet Grounded After Air Show Flub

Airbus faces series of setbacks at Paris Air Show

(Newser) - The world’s biggest air show begins today, but Airbus won't be showing off the gem of its fleet—the superjumbo A380 has been grounded after it collided with a taxiway building, damaging its wingtip. It’s just one of several Paris Air Show embarrassments for the Boeing rival,...

Jumbo Jet Clips Plane at JFK
 Jumbo Jet Clips Plane at JFK 

Jumbo Jet Clips Plane at JFK

Air France A380 nicks, spins Delta aircraft on runway

(Newser) - All passengers escaped without injury after two planes collided on the ground at New York's JFK airport last night. A wing of an Air France Airbus A380—the world's biggest passenger jet—clipped the tail of a commuter Delta Connection plane while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, AP reports....

Passenger Showed Qantas Co-Pilot Airbus Damage

It took five pilots to safely land the plane, report states

(Newser) - When the Qantas Airbus A380 engine blew apart on Nov. 4 , it was a passenger who pointed out the extent of the damage. The passenger, who also just happened to be a pilot, was watching a tail camera feed on the plane's entertainment system when he noticed that the Airbus...

Investigators Pinpoint Airbus Engine Fault

Qantas starts legal action against Rolls-Royce

(Newser) - Following a Qantas engine explosion last month, investigators have isolated a major fault in some Airbus A380 engines, the BBC reports. Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900—the kind used on the Qantas flight—had a misaligned part that weakened an oil pipe wall, resulting in “fatigue cracking,” which led...

Rolls-Royce Beats Engine Fire Rap, Lands $1.2B Contract

That would be $4.2B this month alone

(Newser) - The fact that a faulty Rolls-Royce engine caused a fire and the subsequent grounding of Airbus A380s around the world seems not to have affected the company's business: It just won a $1.2 billion contract to provide engines and maintenance for Dubai's Emirates Airlines. In fact, it's gotten $4....

Qantas: Half of World's A380s Need Engines Replaced

Airbus to seek compensation from Rolls-Royce

(Newser) - The chief of Qantas Airways has chilled the hearts of nervous fliers—and Rolls-Royce shareholders—by saying up to half of the world's fleet of Airbus A380 jumbos using Rolls-Royce engines need to have their engines replaced. The CEO says the engines need to be replaced because of a faulty...

Electric Glitch Triggers New Qantas Flight Emergency

Mechanics poring over 747 after plane is forced to return to Sydney

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after a hair-raising Qantas landing, another of the airline's planes was forced today to return to Sydney's airport because of an electrical problem. Airline spokesmen did not discuss the specifics of the glitch, but mechanics were examining the Boeing 747 that had been bound for Argentina,...

Oil Fire Blamed in Qantas Engine Failure

Euro safety regulator orders inspections of all Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines

(Newser) - An oil fire may have caused the engine blowout that forced one of Qantas's superjumbos to make an emergency landing last week in Singapore. Europe's aviation safety regulator today issued the finding, reports the AP, and ordered airlines to undergo "repetitive inspections" of all planes with Rolls-Royce Trent 900...

Qantas Discovers Oil Leaks in Airbus Engines

Fleet will remain grounded for at least another 72 hours

(Newser) - Qantas airlines will keep its fleet of Airbus A380s on the ground for at least three more days, after discovering oil leaks in three different planes’ engines. The leaks turned up as the Australian airline investigated the mid-air engine explosion that forced one of its A380s to make an emergency...

Another Qantas Jet Makes Emergency Landing

Boeing 747 lands at the same airport one day after Airbus A380 problem

(Newser) - A Qantas Boeing 747 with 431 people on board landed safely in Singapore today after an engine caught fire minutes after it took off from the city-state, the airline and a passenger said. The problem arose just a day after a Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo jet made an emergency landing...

Why the Airbus Engine Explosion Should Scare Us

Shrapnel hit the wings, and that's a bad, bad thing

(Newser) - An Airbus A380 operated by Qantas made an emergency landing following an engine explosion this morning—and this is really scary stuff, writes aviation expert Clive Irving for the Daily Beast. Passengers reported hearing a bang and seeing smoke pour out of one of its Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines....

Qantas Grounds Jets After Emergency Landing

Debris found on island after mystery explosion

(Newser) - Qantas airlines has grounded all of its A380 super-jumbo jets after one of the planes shed debris and was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore this morning shortly after take-off, the BBC reports. Witnesses on a nearby Indonesian island say they heard an explosion and found debris from...

Plane Down in Hudson River; All Are Safe

(Newser) - All of the US Airways passengers aboard a jet that went down in the frigid waters of the Hudson River off Manhattan are reported to be safe, the New York Times reports. Flight 1549 apparently flew into a flock of geese, disabling at least one engine, according to MSNBC. Authorities...

Foreign Airlines Soar Past US Carriers

Adding services, expanding routes helps margins; take heed, US carriers

(Newser) - As US airlines flounder, and consumers pay the price in baggage fees and reduced services, foreign carriers have an antidote: Buy new, more fuel-efficient aircraft, offer more services, and watch the money roll in. Dubai-based Emirates, which introduced the Airbus A380 on the Dubai-to-New York route Friday, charges first- and...

Boeing, Airbus Delays Aid Battered Carriers

Airlines already well under capacity as passenger numbers fall

(Newser) - Airlines battling rising fuel costs and weakening demand have become unexpected beneficiaries of production delays on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 jumbo jets, reports the Wall Street Journal. "For the industry, it's great,” says the chair of Air Canada’s parent company, "because it means...

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