June 12, 2017 23
What was first reported as an engine explosion on the A330-200 may have been an 'implosion'
December 9, 2016 32
The big Airbus looks like being around for a long time
November 6, 2015 38
It’s hard to define the exact shade of pink or cerise on the test engine that flew for the first time on an Airbus A380 test bed out of Toulouse overnight, and maybe that’s true of the further roles for the technology in this Rolls-Royce engine as well.
October 28, 2014 10
It could be the next big thing, flying on the last big thing.
July 12, 2014 7
So what’s left to announce at next week’s Farnborough Air Show
March 2, 2014 22
Rolls-Royce is proposing to re-invent the A380 with new tech engines that would give it non-stop Australia-Europe range.
July 5, 2013
The findings that Rolls-Royce failed to keep proper records and conducted its manufacturing of the Trent 900 engines used on some Airbus A380s in an unsafe manner prior to the near disastrous engine failure on QF32 in 2010 are getting something of a reputationally ruinous sequel in litigation in the US.
June 24, 2013 4
Apparently hidden away in the Paris Air Show equivalent of sideshow alley, a very futuristic study of zero fossil carbon releasing flight lurked in the shadows
April 16, 2012 4
The ATSB final report in to the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce RB 211 engine on a Qantas 747-400 after departing San Francisco on 30 August 2010 is not controversial. Nor should it have been. The high profile serious incident raised some valid and controversial issues concerning the Qantas closure of the RB 211 shop […]
February 19, 2012 3
Interesting though the photos may be, the disclosures from Airbus about the first on wing test flight of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine intended for the A350 family do leave a few things to be desired in terms of details. Such as exactly to what thrust the engine performed. This is what the press release […]
December 9, 2011 10
For a regulator which took exemplary action against Tiger Airways, CASA’s inaction over the dangers of unmodified RB211 engines on Qantas 747s is disturbing. Even Qantas is worried! The matter came up this evening in a good, but as always with TV, too short an item on the 7 network news. That report will come […]
November 5, 2011 17
The alarming failure rate of Rolls-Royce RB211 engines fitted to most Qantas 747-400s was raised at yesterday’s Senate committee hearings into the Qantas Still Call Australia Home bill which has been sponsored by Greens leader Senator Bob Brown and the independent Senator Nick Xenophon. According to the data I’ve seen only 23 out of the […]
October 27, 2011 7
Will CASA and other regulators act to remove the risk of a grave mishap to a Boeing 747-400 using Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, or just throw their hands up in the air pretending to have been mislead if there is a disaster? The most recent incident occurred on Monday on a Cathay Pacific flight which had […]
October 17, 2011 12
The Qantas 747-400 that had an engine failure and turnback to Bangkok last night while operating QF2 is a 12 year old jet powered by a Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, which are under increased ‘surveillance’ by Qantas, CASA and indeed the maker. Qantas shut down its RB211 maintenance shop in Sydney several years ago to save […]
July 16, 2011 31
Qantas has responded to the previous report querying whether or not unmodified RB211 engined Boeing 747-400s should continue to fly remote oceanic routes, but without answering the question. The response appears instead to be to a press release from or maybe to an interview with Steve Purvinas, the Federal Secretary of the engineers union, the […]
July 16, 2011 6
Another Rolls-Royce RB211 engine has failed on a Qantas 747-400 putting the airline in a difficult position if it decides to continue operating those jets across long oceanic routes to South Africa and the US before they can be modified. The latest incident involved last night’s Johannesburg-Sydney flight carrying the Springbok Rugby team to the […]
June 22, 2011 9
Qantas has filed a financial update to the ASX with includes an estimated $500-550 million group underlying profit before tax in the year to June 30. It has also announced a $95 million benefit from a settlement of its claims against engine maker Rolls-Royce arising from the catastrophic engine failure that crippled the airline’s first […]
June 19, 2011
What gets left out of press releases can often be as important as what is included, as today’s Paris Air Show curtain raisers by Airbus and Rolls-Royce demonstrate concerning an enhanced and thus delayed Airbus A350-1000. The news itself has been well leaked already, in short, that Airbus will offer a -1000 version of the […]
May 20, 2011 12
Qantas flight QF1 a Boeing 747-400 has returned to Bangkok this morning after one of its Rolls-Royce RB211 engines failed. There is no immediate replacement engine available and around 300 or more passengers are for at least the short term stranded. But from the outset this is no ‘ordinary’ engine failure. It is much more […]
January 8, 2011 13
A short while ago I declined for personal reasons yet another invitation to discuss the year ahead in air travel on a TV program. But there are problems with the prediction season that is such a media ritual at the start of each year even if studio or camera time is impracticable. The format on […]