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QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:24 pm

Just got off Qantas 26 (LAX-AKL-BNE) and after landing at AKL we were informed that there was a fuel leak in the #3 RB211.

They were able to fix it in AKL after a delay of 3 hours as they had the parts on hand.

Aircraft was VH-OJB.

Qantas is fantastic by the way. Trip report to come as soon as I'm back in LA.

Anyway the point of my question is that how would QF have spare parts there? Do they have a maintenance base @ AKL? Would they have had to collaborate with NZ?
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RE: QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:31 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Anyway the point of my question is that how would QF have spare parts there? Do they have a maintenance base @ AKL? Would they have had to collaborate with NZ?

Both airlines have RB211 powered 744s, so QF could have paid NZ for both parts and MX time. QF also runs quite a few flights out of AKL, so that makes QF MX on hand more likely
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RE: QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:39 pm

While there can be several events that might lead to a fuel leak within the engine obviously the repair was rather minor and not a major repair like a fuel control unit.

I am sure Qantas maintains a small stock of parts at AKL which is served several times per day. In addition the Qantas has access to part inventories of other airlines as they are a party to several pool part agreements.
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RE: QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:48 pm

QF don't have any MX people in AKL. NZ have RB211s on their B744s also, so the part would have come from NZ MX people.
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RE: QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 6:27 pm

The exact same thing happend to me about 2 years ago, on that exact same flight. On the exact same engine. I believe the aircraft was VH-OJC. Weird.
 
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RE: QF 26 VH-OJB Fuel Leak In The #3 Engine

Sat Mar 12, 2005 6:43 pm

IIRC QF and NZ share heavy MX in AKL. About a year ago, I flew an entire vertical stabilizer (747-400) on a SQ freighter from SYD to AKL. There was a QF 400 that was "assaulted" by a "cherry picker" during a C check in AKL. The only way it would fit was through the nose door. Made it with inches to spare!!
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