UPDATE – April 22, 2012:
Here’s the video of the press event for Qantas’ A380 relaunch:
Qantas Airbus A380 That Suffered Massive Engine Failure Makes its First Flight
Qantas flight 32, an Airbus A380 suffered a massive engine failure on a flight from London to Sydney November 4th, 2010 prompting the pilots to limp the aircraft to a heroic emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
But now after 18 months and almost $140 million worth of repairs, ‘Nancy Bird Walton’, as this particular A380 is known (Australia’s first female commercial pilot), will return to the skies.
“Qantas is proud to reintroduce Nancy Bird Walton back into service,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.
“After 18 months, $139 million and nearly 100,000 man hours of work, the aircraft is now going back into service.”
Mr Joyce said Qantas’ insurer paid for the cost of repairs and engine-maker Rolls-Royce compensated the carrier $95 million for the grounding of the aircraft.
Joyce was speaking to reporters at a press event for the A380’s retrun as he stood under one the aircraft’s huge wings at Changi Airport.
Captain Richard de Crespigny, who was piloting flight 32 when the incident occurred, was also on hand (pictured above) to fly the plane back to Sydney today.
All four engines were replaced on the A380:
“It was a very complex operation that required six weeks of planning before we even got started,” said Alan Milne, head of Qantas’ integrated operations centre.
‘Nancy Bird Walton’s’ first passenger flight is on April 28 from Sydney to Hong Kong.
Well done mates!! It’s great to see the Superjumbo back!