In light of some incidents that I've been trying to follow in POS concerning ServisAir employees "accidentally" driving ramp vehicles into airplanes (I understand BWIA and Continental are both victims), I've decided to start this new topic of discussion, and have a few questions:
- Are there statistics to show how many incidents like these occur worldwide, and the costs of repair?
- Large airlines, such as Continental, American, United, British Airways, etc. may be able to quickly substitute for the damaged aircraft on a specified route. However, small airlines like BWIA don't have that luxury. Obviously, losses would incur, as they'd probably have to lease or charter in order to keep the schedules rather than cancel flights altogether. Would the ground handling companies be responsible for those costs as well?
- I understand that this is a common occurrence worldwide, but which airports and/or countries have the worst record statistically with ground handling mishaps, and does this affect an airline's decision to fly to these destinations, or even utilize their own ground handling as opposed to outsourcing?
- What's the worst incident you've seen or heard about? Have there been any write-off's as a result of these mishaps?
What say you, fellow A-netters?