Qantas Decides Against Servicing 737s In Malaysia
The airline has been under scrutiny over the past few weeks after a series of incidents linked to the maintenance of its planes.
One Qantas plane sent overseas for maintenance reportedly returned with 95 defects, although Malaysia Airlines denies that was the case.
Qantas says both planes will now be serviced in Australia.
Paul Cousins from the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association has told ABC Radio's AM program that Qantas' decision to service the 737s in Australia is the right one.
"One of the critical factors of maintenance being performed is the number of licensed engineers, and in Australia that ratio is approximately one to one or two to one," he said.
"We find that the overseas facilities that ration could be as large as one licensed engineer to 10 unlicensed engineers." (ABC Online, Australia)
***** One cannot be sure if we're being used as the fall guy for Qantas' recent problems. But given our shabby maintenance culture the Aussies have probably figured it out correctly.
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