This was taken from news.com.au
Malaysian engineers defend Qantas record
August 08, 2008 05:23pm
MALAYSIAN Airlines has defended its maintenance of Qantas aircraft, saying experts from the Australian carrier signed off on all repairs.
A Qantas jet grounded in Melbourne yesterday because of noise from an air-conditioning fault was the same plane that returned from routine maintenance in Malaysia two months ago with 95 defects, News Ltd reported.
The Canberra-bound Boeing 737 jet returned to the terminal and passengers were transferred to another plane, finally leaving Melbourne 90 minutes later, just before 1pm (AEST) yesterday.
A Qantas spokeswoman said QF850 had problems with an air-conditioning duct unit while taxiing towards the runway. The original faults on the aircraft included a galley that was so badly installed it was a fire risk and gave a flight attendant an electric shock, News Ltd reported.
But Malaysia Airlines senior general manager Mohammed Roslan Ismail said today Qantas had 12 personnel attached to its engineering and maintenance service in Malaysia. "All the highlights were rectified, to the satisfaction of the Qantas team, before aircraft delivery to Australia," he said in a statement.
"With regards to the 'string of faults' that were reported in the media, (Malaysia Airlines) investigated and established that these were unsubstantiated. "This is based on the fact that all these aspects were originally checked and found to be free from defect during the maintenance check and test flight, with the concurrence from the Qantas team."
He said in the case of the flight attendant being given an electric shock, Malaysian engineers had found the root cause of the problem. "We are fully committed to executing all aspects of aircraft engineering maintenance with no compromise to safety and security, as well as meeting the expectations of both our customers and the global regulatory authorities that have recognised our competencies," he said.
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