November 8th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

Qantas: A380s grounded for 72 more hours

Qantas Airways' fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft will remain grounded for at least 72 more hours, the Australian airline's CEO said Monday afternoon.

The planes will not return to service until the airline is "100 percent sure" about their safety, CEO Alan Joyce said at a news conference.

Oil leaks have been discovered in engines on three planes, and investigations continue, Joyce added. The leaks were beyond normal tolerances, he said.


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  1. cesar

    @CNN. So.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frandango

    Okay, you guys are grounded until somebody tells me where they hid my A380 repair manual. Quit giggling!

    November 8, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Syzygy

    Those guys! Always kidding around!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Oil and Lube Special 39.99 today only

    Another oil spill? Somebody better get BP on the phone right away....

    November 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 18 Guy

    Buy Boeing!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hasher

    Air Republican

    "Always grounded"

    November 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank

    Doesn't Austrailia have an FAA of sorts that mandates aircraft inspections every so many hours of flight time? They need to "get into the zone"!

    November 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vern

    Qantas is the only major airline NEVER to have crashed. Their openess and transparency and committement to safety gives me a lot of satisfaction. You think you'd hear a story like this from other airlines?

    November 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |