Qantas Says 40 Engines on A380s Need to Be Replaced Worldwide

Qantas Airways says about 40 Rolls-Royce engines on the world's fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft will need to be replaced to ensure safety.

"We've been talking to Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we understand that the number (of engines to be replaced) is around 40," Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce told reporters.

That number would represent about half of the Rolls-Royce engines currently in service on A380 planes. The engines cost around $350 million each.

On Nov. 4, a Qantas A380 with 466 people onboard made an emergency landing in Singapore after one of the plane's Rolls-Royce engines broke apart mid-flight, the result of an oil fire.

Qantas has already replaced three of the engines on its A380s, "and there could be more," Joyce said.

The carrier's six A380s have been grounded since the incident, and Joyce declined to say when the planes would be back in the air.

Other airlines have also been replacing older engines with newer versions in the wake of the incident. Problems with the engines are thought to develop over time.

Singapore Airlines, which has 11 A380s powered by Rolls-Royce engines, has canceled several flights to put in newer replacements.

A380 aircraft are the world's largest passenger planes.

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