Qantas Airbus A380 Returns to Los Angeles

Starting January 16, Qantas Airways will resume Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles.

The move follows the grounding of the carriers' A380 fleet after an engine in one aircraft disintegrated mid-flight and was forced to make an emergency landing last November. The airline has since resumed some A380 flights, but held off on the Los Angeles-Australia route because the flight requires the use of maximum engine thrust.

"After extensive engineering analysis and close consultation with Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the European and Australian regulators, Qantas, Rolls-Royce and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are now satisfied that it is appropriate for Qantas to resume A380 flying on the Los Angeles-Australia routes," says Qantas in a statement released today.

Qantas will begin with four A380 services from Sydney to Los Angeles per week. The airline plans to steadily increase route frequency as aircraft return to service and new deliveries join the fleet.

Qantas also offers 30 flights per week from Australia to Los Angeles that are not onboard A380 aircrafts.

Debuted in October 2007, the Airbus A380 models are the largest passenger planes in the skies. Known by the nickname "Superjumbo," the double-decker planes use four engines.

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