Lufthansa to keep Rolls-Royce A380 engines - paper
FRANKFURT Nov 10 (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHAG.DE) is sticking with Rolls-Royce Plc (RR.L) engines for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, Chief Executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
Upon being asked whether Lufthansa was considering ordering the A380 equipped with engines by United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) unit Pratt & Whitney or General Electric Co (GE.N), he said "No," according to an advance copy of FAZ's Thursday edition.
As a precautionary measure, Lufthansa inspected all its aircraft and sent one engine back to Rolls-Royce for evaluation, but overall the A380 is "as secure as any other aircraft," Mayrhuber told the paper.
Six Airbus A380's operated by Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) were grounded after a Rolls-Royce engine partly disintegrated mid-flight, forcing the fully laden Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing in the biggest incident to date for the world's largest passenger jet.
Investigations into that incident have focused on oil leaks inside the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the same model used to power Singapore Airlines Ltd's (SIAL.SI) and Lufthansa's A380 fleets. [ID:nN05242153]
Separately, EADS (EAD.PA) CEO Tom Enders said there was no reason to doubt the safety of the A380, made by EADS' Airbus unit, and he has confidence that Rolls-Royce will ensure no repeat of engine problems. [ID:nBAT005758]
Mayrhuber also told the paper that China is becoming more important for Lufthansa, adding that Lufthansa plans to expand its offerings in the Asian market.
"We are planning new destinations as well as more flights on existing routes," he said, but declined to elaborate further. (Reporting by Edward Taylor, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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