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In a report in the New York Times, Nicholas Ionides, a Singapore Airlines spokesman, said that based on the Rolls-Royce advice, the airline was temporarily suspending flights by its A380s. Lufthansa is inspecting its Rolls Royce engines on its A380 fleet. Rolls Royce, based in London, UK, is a separate company from the carmaker.
Currently, five airlines are flying A380s, which can seat up to 800 passengers. Thirty-seven A380s are being flown by five airlines, with Qantas, Singapore and Lufthansa operating 20 of those, all of which have Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The remaining 17 A380s operated by Air France and Emirates airlines have different engines.