what the hell?

August 16th, 2008

What the hell is going on with Qantas?!?!?!?!? Wasn’t so long ago it had the best safety record of any airline, now it seems like it’s planes are quite literally held together by their cobwebs.

2 Responses to “what the hell?”

  1. Paul Spence Says:

    Relax. Qantas is fine. Almost every airline in the world has maintenance problems on aircraft every day of the year – you just don’t hear about them.

    The Aussie unions are pissed off that QF is outsourcing a big chunk of its engineering to Asian sub-contractors. That’s why every time there is the slightest problem, the media get wind of it.

    Large, modern passenger aircraft are designed to fly on one engine quite happily, if there is a problem. There a lots of rules and procedures around how to manage such situations and the statistics on (rare) engine shutdowns inflight are widely known.

    What is important is that the flight crews are well trained and follow the accepted procedures for such situations when they do occur. Sadly it appears that may not have happened recently in Madrid.

  2. wangbo Says:

    Paul, I know, it’s just a bit weird to see so many issues happen in such a small space of time in an airline with such a good record. And it’s not all unions, either: Exploding oxygen tanks and bits falling off suggest something needs looking at.

    As for Madrid, I haven’t seen any details, but second attempt at take-off? Seems a bit fishy to me.