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Qantas to resume superjumbo flights Saturday

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Qantas grounded its A380 superjumbos after a November 4 engine fire
  • The Australian airline says it's taking a "phased approach" to resuming flights

(CNN) -- Australian airline Qantas will resume passenger flights with its Airbus A380 fleet this weekend after an engine fire grounded the superjumbo jets earlier this month, the company announced Tuesday.

"Qantas is taking a phased approach to the re-introduction of our A380 aircraft,with the first aircraft scheduled to return to service on Saturday, 27 November," the carrier said in a statement on its website. "In the meantime, Qantas will continue to utilise its extensive fleet of aircraft to operate its domestic and international schedule."

Qantas said the first flights to to London, England, via Singapore, and back will be closely monitored following the November 4 incident that forced a Sydney-bound A380 to turn back to Singapore. Qantas grounded its six A380s indefinitely when an oil fire damaged one of the jetliner's four engines, resulting in part of the casing falling off in flight.

The twin-deck A380 is the world's largest airliner. Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has said the problem that occurred on the Qantas flight is specific to its Trent 900 turbofans, and that it was working with aviation authorities and purchasers to inspect and replace the component responsible.