"Can't you people see - it is all a great conspiracy by the Australian federal government to keep QF
shows interest in AN
- CASA grounds AN
aircraft at Christmas
finally gets rights to fly LAX
under negotiation - CASA ground AN
aircraft at Easter
want to start up a LCC - CASA ground DJ
aircraft and restrict their operations"
I would first like to address facts on the above first, before you "conspiracy theorists jump on the bandwagon".
ansett's grounded aircraft were a result of the following.
(1) hairline fractures found in fuselages on 767 aircraft.
(2) missing parts on the tales from their 767 aircraft.
(3) 'C' and 'D' checks not being performed when due.
Very serious matter indeed. Even if these were Qantas aircraft CASA would
have very much done the same!!!
aircraft to LAX
would have been 744 leased SQ
aircraft, not affected by the said affected aircraft at the time.
aircraft affected, were a result of DJ
not being able to account for all parts changed on it's aircraft (doesn't sound to safe to me).
"grounded" aircraft, are aircraft already delivered as new from Boeing, but yet to be registered. I guess these will be registered and all problems solved, when Virgin Blue has solved this recent problem.
To be fair with DJ
their maintenance accounting system as used by them was not designed for the current fleet in mind. DJ
Has expanded rapidly exponentially. Unfortunately this has caught up with them. And has been unable to cope.
Although this is serious, I think this matter has been blown out of proportion, and why shouldn't QF
pounce on them now that the cat is on the other foot so to speak.