Faulty Rolls-Royce engines disrupt Qantas flight schedule Rolls-Royce, the maker of airplane engines, says it is homing in on a cause for its engine's breakdown last week on a Qantas airplane. The Trent 900, a signature Rolls-Royce engine, blew up during takeoff and forced an emergency landing. As a result of the incident, Qantas has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A380s.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the engines are simply "not performing to the parameters you would expect." Qantas's entire 6 plane fleet of A380s has been grounded since last Thursday, causing flight delays and supply chain disruptions. Mr. Joyce affirmed that the fleet of A380s would be grounded for another 72 hours, leaving Qantas at a vulnerable position as worldwide demand for air travel begins to increase.

Qantas is suffering from the effects of the engine breakdowns: it has been forced to change its flight schedules and rotate its fleet. Its stock is down almost 6 percent since the engine mishap last Thursday. Qantas is also leasing planes from British Airways, augmenting its expenses while simultaneously losing money.

Another Qantas flight had to make an emergency landing less than 48 hours later because of unrelated engine issue. Boeing also makes engines for the A380, although not for Qantas: its engines have not had the same problems.
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