Singapore Airlines to stick with A380

November 10, 2010

, SINGAPORE, Nov 10 – Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Wednesday voiced its confidence in the Airbus A380 plane, saying that it was sticking with its existing firm orders for eight of the superjumbos.

"There\’s no cause for us not to take the remaining eight," SIA\’s chief executive Chew Choon Seng told a media briefing.

"Just because a car is recalled doesn\’t mean you can\’t use it in the meantime… We would not fly the planes unless we are confident they are airworthy," he said.

The Singapore carrier announced earlier Wednesday that it was grounding three of its A380 planes because of engine problems. It says the remaining eight A380s are operating as normal.

SIA joined Qantas in grounding its A380 planes because of engine-related issues. The two airlines use Trent 900 engines manufactured by British aerospace engineering firm Rolls-Royce on their A380 fleets.

"I\’m quite assured at the highest levels that Rolls-Royce is doing all that it takes to get to that point (of confidence)," Chew said of the checks done by the British company.

He said "the engine has been reliable" ever since SIA began flying the A380 in 2007.

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