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Qantas resumes operation of two A380s

Company expects to take delivery of two more planes before Christmas

Australian carrier Qantas will resume flight operations of a few of its A380 superjumbos this weekend ending a voluntary grounding after an explosion occurred on 4 November on one of its planes due to engine failure.

According to CEO Alan Joyce two out of Qantas' fleet of six A380s will be deployed back in service, on the Sydney-Singapore-London route.

The two planes are being returned to active duty after a series of checks and fixes was conducted and the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines were replaced.

The rest of the fleet will continue to be grounded as engineers carry out a safety review, though Qantas expects to take delivery of two more planes before Christmas.

Qantas A380 flights from Australia to Los Angeles will continue to be suspended as a precaution as they use the most amount of engine thrust, thereby causing stress to the engines.

"After those extensive checks with Airbus and Rolls-Royce we are completely comfortable with the operation of the aircraft," Joyce assured reporters at a press conference in Sydney.