Not slagging on JQ, but what actually is the issue with their 787-8s? I fly JQ plenty of times yearly and am one of the lucky ones that manage to slip through without ever having an issue. But working in the ROC for the group regional, I still haven't managed to figure out why the operational reliability on them is so poor and nor can anyone else I work with...
Wasn't there a rumour that when the JQ A330s came to QF, the QF maintenance guys were shocked at how they were maintained? Or am I just making that up? If so, then perhaps that might be one piece of the clue. I also suspect that part of the reason that is because there aren't any spare frames, there is a massive knock-on effect when one flight gets delayed. There basically isn't any breathing space.
Wasn’t the JQ A330 fleet maintained by QF engineering?
I believe the issue JQ are presently experiencing would be the lack of engineers.
Correct, QF Engineering did all the fleet management and work on the A330 fleet, so the rumour seems to be a political fantasy.
More than engineering labour shortages, it seems to be the lack of spares and long lead times for them is the big issue for the 788 fleet, plus them pushing every little bit of utilisation they can. Joycey is on record saying that on 787 windows they are waiting up to three weeks for replacements when they used to be a couple of days pre-pandemic.
Back in the mid-/late-2000s when QF Group was doing the planning for their 100+ 787 order, the idea was that the 788s at JQ would be a stopgap between the A330s and then 787-9s, which would allow JQ to do one-stops to Europe and get the benefit of lower CASK. QF would then get the 788s as A330 replacements. Of course, everything has changed now and the 789s are ULH birds, but I think the 788s won't be leaving the QF Group anytime soon, given they tried to sell them before and got no takers.