The Qantas (QF) Airbus A380 that had been undergoing major repairs in Singapore since an inflight engine explosion in November 2010 returned to Sydney over the weekend.

Flight QF32 with 433 passengers and 26 crewmembers had taken off from Singapore and was over Indonesia Nov. 4, 2010, when it experienced a major high pressure turbine failure in its No. 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 900, which ripped away a large section of the engine cowling. The explosion also damaged the leading edge of the A380’s wing as well as part of the upper wing surface. After shutting down the engine and dumping some fuel, the pilots returned to Singapore for an overweight emergency landing. Two tires burst on landing. There were no injuries (ATW Daily News, Nov. 5, 2010).

On Saturday, the repaired aircraft flew from Singapore to Sydney. Passengers included QF CEO Alan Joyce and the QF captain who was piloting the plane when the engine incident happened, Reuters reported.

Joyce told ATW earlier this month that repair costs were around million $157 million. “It is probably the biggest repair [that has been] done on an aircraft, as well as the biggest insurance claim on an aircraft,” Joyce said (ATW Daily News, April 2).