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Qantas reserves right to sue over QF32 as compensation talks begin

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 2, 2010
Qantas may sue over QF32 loses.

Qantas says it has begun discussions with Rolls-Royce over compensation to cover loses from the QF32 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine failure and subsequent grounding of the airline’s Airbus A380 fleet.

The airline says it has also filed a statement of claim and been granted an injunction by the Federal Court to ensure it can pursue legal action against Rolls-Royce in Australia should a commercial settlement not be reached.

“Today’s action allows Qantas to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the Airbus A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services,” Qantas said in a statement.

The announcement came just hours after the ATSB revealed it had found the likely source of the engine failure, a fatigue crack in a stub pipe that supplies oil to the engine’s high pressure/intermediate pressure bearing structure.

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