Saturday, December 4, 2010

Glad I'm not a Qantas shareholder

Qantas Airbus A380 (VH-OQA) takes off from Lon...Image via Wikipedia

What a stuff up. A plane that was supposed to carry 450 people can only carry 80:

QANTAS is alleging in a multi-million-dollar damages claim againstRolls-Royce that it could now carry only 80 passengers across the Pacific in its Airbus 380s, under new operating rules for their troubled engines. 

But the new rules imposed by Rolls-Royce since one of its Trent 900 engines exploded on a Qantas A380 near Singapore last month mean that the world's biggest passenger jet is not a commercial proposition on the airline's Australia-US route.

Qantas, which has suspended the route, has asked for damages and costs.

The national carrier is also seeking a declaration from the court ordering the UK engine maker to fund a $1 million credit note relating to a guarantee against "uncontained engine failure" - to stop engine parts perforating the outer shield of an engine.

Rolls-Royce is accused of negligence and breach of contract.

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