posted on Mar, 3 2009 @ 09:00 PM
The safety record of Qantas is exceptional and anyone who trise to tell you otherwise is simply wrong.
Qantas was a lead airline in the implementation of Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) in 1988 and helped develop the Quick Access Recorder
(QAR), which monitors 120 parameters. Qantas have been invovled in the design of the Boeing 747, 767, 777, and 787 along with the A380. Qantas
devloped ETOPS (Extended Twin OPerationS), with their 767-200ER fleet in the 1980's. Qantas were leading in the introduction of FANS, which is an air
navigation system hich uses ACARS for Satellite based communications. Qantas was first to introduce the Rockwell Collins Multi Scan radar on it's
747; the radar is able to calculate the intensity of the ice content of thunderstorms at 40,000 feet by scanning the entire cloud from sea level,
Oh, and speaking of cost cutting, please explain to me why Qantas is one of five airlines which carry a second officer on long sectors. Explain Why
they were first to implement GLS (GPS Landing System). Explain why they peer review all manufacturer and regulartor airworthiness directives; to
ensure work is done. Furhtermore, Qantas has recently exceeded one million engine hours since last engine In FLight Shut Down (IFSD), on each of it's
twin engine fleets (767-300, 737, A330), which together have had 400,000 revenue departures and 1.5 million engine hours with Qantas.
In the case of the GE CF6 on the 747, 767 and A339, IFSD rate is currently ZERO, and averages over 20 years, it is 0.0015/1000 - less than 1/3rd of
the world fleet rate, and less than 1/10 of the maxumum allowed for ETOPS 180 operations (0.02/1000 hours). Qantas has numerous engineering
departments designed to prevent accidents; one example, is a borescope procedure to detect blocked oil jet nozzles.
The media are a bunch of clueless idiots, and should be ignored on prinicple on ANY aviation related matterl; and this includes the so called
'experts' on shows like 'Air Crash Investigation' who usually rant about 'the cost of doing business' and 'cost cutting'. You work at an
airport? What do you do? Bad experiences are common for any passenger, for any airline...
If there are any fuel problems with the A380, I presume it's because of teething issues and a new design. In my opinion, unless we can compare the
occurancy of the fuel problems with airliner airliners, it's simply meaningless. If there is any issue engineering should find a way to solve it;
taking planes out of service is EXPENSIVE.
[edit on 3/3/2009 by C0bzz]