kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13170 posts, RR: 33 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3308 times:
A Qantas flight from BKK to LHR had to turn back to BKK shortly after takeoff after experiencing an engine surge on takeoff; the aircraft burned off fuel and landed safely.
Simple? Yes, to us, but not to the Australian media, who have turned today into "Kick Qantas Day"; all the major media seem to have listed the recent issues involving Qantas flights, everything from the burst tyres on an A380 flight and the crack in the cockpit window of a 744.
No one seems to have explained to the Australian media (or no one in the Australian media seems to have listened to the fact) that being a safe airline does not mean never having minor scrapes or technical snafus; any airline - and particularly an airline of QF's size - will have these. It just seems so unfair on QF that such minor issues are being emblazoned on the front pages, when really, they are pretty much non-events - inconvenient, but well handled by the airline, so not a big issue. Had QF's handling of these incidents been defective, then that might be an issue, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3225 times:
Yeah...I'm sick to death of these media reports, many are just standard day to day issues that happen with all airlines, yet they try to make a story out of nothing just because its QF...the thing that I get frustrated with more is the fact that more issues do happen with other Australian and other major carriers...yet don't get reported...now if these were more openly reported to the public...then they would see (like us who work in the industry...) that these news reports on QF are basic every day issues!
The most annoying reports are the ones that say 'QF delayed flight due to technical issues'...well that is good! im glad they delayed that flight, their interest was in the safety of the passengers, but its not news worthy, all airlines delay flights because of technical issues!...by all means report it if QF flew that aircraft WITH known faults!
KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3215 times:
It is getting a little silly, although I guess, without any aviation experts on their staff, (clearly!), it's a little difficult for them to determine how big each incident is.
Big hole in the side of a 747 over the Phillipines = newsworthy
Ralph Fiennes getting extra amenities in the bathroom = newsworthy
Engine surge after takeoff = boring
The latest stuff is definitely Qantas bashing. There are a couple of features that they like to focus on:
Fuel dumping: Whilst not mentioned in this incident, it adds drama to the story
Passengers delayed: They love to quote a couple of angry, self important passengers
Exaggeration: "plunged into the darkness", "on the edge of the aircraft's capabilities", "flying blind" are often the types of journalistic crap we see. Trying to improve the vakue of a worthless story. If the public read it, they will see no need to change the approach.