Another QANTAS safety scare.

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Old May 8, 00, 5:34 am
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Another QANTAS safety scare.

QANTAS jumbo was forced to return twice to Hong Kong airport yesterday after one of its generators failed and warning light came on. The flight was cancelled and PAX left stranded without any apologies or compensation. The incident is made worse by the fact that it involved the same plane that crashed in Bangkok last September and underwent extensive repairs, over $100 million outside Australia (apparently in China). Some sources inside the industry are still of the opinion that the plane should have been written off and not repaired. This is just another example how cost cutting is endangering safety of travellers.
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Old May 8, 00, 8:45 am
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Do you have a link where we can read more?
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Old May 8, 00, 9:19 am
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Here you go... http://www.smh.com.au/news/0005/08/n...ational03.html
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/01_national/story_19736.asp
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Old May 8, 00, 4:33 pm
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Wasn't Qantas supposed to be the safest airline, according to Dustin Hoffman?
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Old May 10, 00, 9:14 pm
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Unfortunately, Qantas has fallen into the global "trap" of being a world class airline by implementing the latest "efficiency" procedures in it's purchasing department. By consolidating expenses across airlines , the theory implies that costs will be saved because of buying clout. By streamlining and standardising repair tasks, costs can be "managed".

The day Qantas will wake up will be the day when the accounting department informs management and shareholders that compensation for deaths cannot be "managed" in the current atmosphere of unlimited litigation. Unfortunately, this will come after a disaster.


Once again, I call the Qantas to leave OneWorld and survive on its own merits or on the merits of an established criteria that include the following:

1) Safety is paramount.
2) Passengers are people so give them room in economy and treat them well.
3) Treat the staff like gold because the better they are treated the better the passengers are treated (vice versa)
4) Bugger the costs - If it costs more, charge more. Passengers will pay a premium.
5) If passengers will not pay a premium, then cut back on frequency and use smaller aircraft - but at least what you offer will be the best.

If Qantas wants to be another airline then it should continue on its present path.
If it wants to put some meaning back into Qantas as the worlds safest and best airline, then CHANGES must be made. ARE YOU LISTENING QF?

Dave Stevenson
Xiamen, China

Yes, I wouldn't have my VW repaired in China, never mind a 747!! What were you guys thinking? Write it off and live with the consequences or sell the aircraft to Biman Bagladeath or Air Kazakhstan.
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