Wingman, I know what I saw when I was directly involved, as I alluded to in my previous post, BA
learnt to extra double check engines from GE
, at least Olympus 593s.
I also saw, at close hand, the effects of the GE
facility shut down last year.
(If that does not show up problems there, at least last year, I don't what does).
I am not aware of any direct safety issues, engines from GE
, all types, are ground run first, at BA
I was very aware of the inconvenience, extra man hour costs, that did not exist, at least to the extent of recent years, when the Wales facility was in BA
hands, but the decline in service was not overnight, it happened over years.
Call them 'incessant rants' if you like, they are the truth.
Truth sometimes hurts.
Plenty of people at BA, all much higher up than me, expressed concern at the decline in service from GE, it was well known within BA, steps of course were taken to ensure safety, as stated, with more cost, more work for us, doing what should have been done in Wales.
Glad you think our dispatch reliability is so good, that's not the perception here, inside and outside BA.
As I also alluded to, it could be that like Gate Gourmet, BA
might not have too much choice here, unless they want engine overhaul done abroad, likely to be more expensive and more prone to problems like on time delivery etc.
But, I suspect the problems we've had at GE
Wales, are probably unique to that particular facility.
(Perhaps newer, maybe poorer, conditions of employment post the GE
takeover driving away more experienced people, and/or tempting others into early retirement perhaps, for a start these now ex BA
people would lose perks like concessional travel).
I have heard BA
managers, in Engineering, state that historically BA
has been very poor at dealing with external contractors, allowing deals very negative to BA
One that comes to mind, another one of direct experience to me, were the new Concorde rudders made by BAe in 1993, (they botched them, we had accepted a free extra 9th rudder set, in exchange for no warrentry, we soon regretted that), it's not just GE
by any means.
I sincerely hope GE have resolved the problems at Wales, I also hope BA drove a hard bargain, for a change.
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