Posts Tagged ‘Cancelation’

Recently Qantas was in news for it’s airplanes being in problems (here and here) esp. the hole in fuselage of a Boeing 747-400.

Qantas Airways faced another embarrassment on concerns of airworthiness of its Boeing 737-400s as according to a US FAA directive “to
carry out maintenance around the planes’ pressure bulkhead because of
concerns they could crack
” . As a result the airlines grounded 6 of the Boeing 737s resulting in 2 canceled flights.

From The Australian

Qantas executive general manager of engineering David Cox said the airline was verifying that the work had been done correctly.

“We have a process that we run continually that just goes back and
trawls through work that’s been done and does another check to make
sure everything’s been done exactly as it should be,” he said. “The
guys have found an irregularity. Whenever we get that situation, we
have to make sure we have 100per cent (done the work), and if it
affects an in-service aircraft we withdraw that aircraft from service
until we’re sure.”

Mr Cox said the airline decided to withdraw the six aircraft from
service and would return them to flying only when it was 100per cent
sure of what it was dealing with. Qantas had advised CASA of the issue.

Mr Cox said the airline detected a record-keeping anomaly on average once a year.


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Airlines in Australia are going through a pilot shortage. A lot of destinations are seeing fewer flights. The reason of this pilot shortage is high cost of pilot training and even after the pilots go through the required training, they end up flying for more lucrative carriers like Cathay Pacific and Emirates.

From Sydney Morning Herald

“We’ve been warning about this for a long time,” says Colin
Rodgers, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of
Australia. “But our predictions have fallen on deaf ears. As a
country we’ve dropped the ball.”

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