Airbus has issued this statement in reaction to Thursday’s failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas Airways flight out of Singapore:

“With aviation safety being of paramount importance to Airbus and following the engine failure of Qantas A380 flight QF32 on 4th November 2010 Airbus has issued an All Operators Telex asking A380 operators with Rolls-Royce engines for power plant inspections to ensure continuous safe operations of the fleet. The document supports the requirements issued previously by engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. Operators with Engine Alliance engines are not concerned.

“In line with the ICAO Annex 13 international convention, Airbus will provide full technical assistance to the French BEA as well as to the Australian authorities who will be responsible for the investigation. A team of specialists from Airbus has arrived in Singapore.

“Airbus will make further information available as soon as cleared by the authorities for release.”

Qantas grounded its six A380s after the incident, which caused pilots to return the airplane and its 400-plus passengers to Singapore.

Qantas sent a Boeing 747-400 to bring home the stranded passengers. It is scrambling to make alternative plans for the 50 weekly A380 flights it operates.

“Qantas continues to provide assistance to customers affected by the temporary suspension of A380 operations, including hotel accommodation, where needed, and meals, as arrangements are made to get people on flights as soon as possible,” the airline said Friday.

“All available Qantas aircraft capacity is being used and the airline is also in discussions with other carriers regarding aircraft charter options in addition to the QF10 charter listed below

It gave this update on A380 flights:

* Today’s QF93 service (Melbourne-Los Angeles), normally operated by an A380, has been delayed by 24 hours.

* QF12 and QF108 (both Los Angeles-Sydney) and QF94 (Los Angeles-Melbourne) have also been delayed by 24 hours. These flights were scheduled to depart Los Angeles on 4 November local.

* QF11 (Sydney-Los Angeles) and QF31 (Sydney-London via Singapore) will operate to schedule, with B747-400 aircraft replacing A380 aircraft.

* QF10 (London-Singapore) on 5 November will be operated by a B777 aircraft chartered from British Airways. A decision will be made later this morning regarding customers with onward travel to Melbourne.

The airline said it “continues to work with Rolls-Royce and Airbus to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the engine failure ahead of taking the first steps toward to resuming operations. It is still too soon to be able to provide an indication of when this might be.

“The ATSB investigation is in its early stages and Qantas will work closely with the Bureau to ensure the industry benefits from a detailed understanding of what caused the incident,” Qantas added.

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