No plans to ground A380 fleet: Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE, Nov 4, 2010 (AFP) - Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Thursday it has no plans to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s after an engine failure forced a Qantas superjumbo to make an emergency landing in the city-state.

"There are no plans as of now to ground our A380 aircraft, and operations are continuing as normal," said Nicholas Ionides, spokesman for SIA, which currently has 11 of the double-decker A380s in its fleet.

"It is premature at this point to speculate and we will await advice from the aircraft and engine manufacturers as the investigation progresses."

SIA acquired its first A380 in October 2007, becoming the first airline in the world to operate the world's biggest passenger jet.

A total of 37 of the giant jets are in operation around the world, including six with Qantas. Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa are the other operators. Another 234 A380s are on order from airlines, according to Airbus.

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