The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially named Airbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. In January 1993, Boeing and several companies in the Airbus consortium started a joint feasibility study of an aircraft known as the Very Large Commercial Transport (VLCT), aiming to form a partnership to share the limited market. This joint study was abandoned two years later, Boeing's interest having declined because analysts thought that such a product was unlikely to cover the projected $15 billion development cost. Despite the fact that only two airlines had expressed public interest in purchasing such a plane, Airbus was already pursuing its own large plane project. Analysts suggested that Boeing would instead pursue stretching its 747 design, and that air travel was already moving away from the hub and spoke system that consolidated traffic into large planes, and toward more non-stop routes that could be served by smaller planes. Rolls-Royce jet engine which exploded on Qantas A380 superjumbo flight failed due to a 'poorly built oil pipe' Rolls-Royce engine explosion forced an emergency landing in 2010 Superjumbo was forced to turn back with smoke trailing from its engine Rolls-Royce admits it 'fell short' on safety standards
A mid-flight engine explosion on a Qantas superjumbo jet in 2010 was triggered by a poorly-built oil pipe, an investigation has revealed. A final report into the forced emergency landing on Thursday prompted Rolls-Royce to admit that it 'fell short' of safety standard. The mid-air failure resulted in Qantas grounding its entire fleet of A380 planes. Rolls-Royce later agreed...
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