DC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 873 times:
Today at work, our crew worked on a Monarch A300-600R registration G-MONR with GE powerplants. This plane was falling apart, literally. I went to go and open both cargo doors and they took about 2-3 minutes to open all the way up. Then when we tried to get the cans out they moved so slow we would have been better off pushing them. Hold 5 was a mess and the nets used to separate compartments looked like someone tied two castnets together. Are all A300's this way? The only Airbus I'm used to working on is the A330-200.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2572 posts, RR: 59 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 849 times:
I wouldn't judge the airworthiness of an aircraft by the state of it's cargoholds, they take a lot of hard knocks from cans etc..
Monarch maintin very high standards of maintenance, and are responsible for maintenance on the aircraft of Monarch, Airtours, JMC Airlines and LTU - among others. They also perform all heavy maintenance on Continental's 757 fleet and are responsible for maintenance of bmi british midland's new A330 fleet.
They've been in business since 1968, so they must be doing something right!
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2572 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 814 times:
Continental's 757 have their heavy maintenance performed in Monarch's hangars Luton and Manchester.
Hawaiian and Continental DC-10 heavy maintenance is performed by FLS Aerospace in Manchester.
FedEx are now also starting to send A310s to Manchester for heavy maintenance.
A good overhaul deal can easily outweigh the cost of flying an emply plane accross the pond.