Once more, the only thing they seem to be doing is playing games with us...
This whole fuel policy seems to be a joke, a far fetched cry from reality made up by a management wannabee who gets all his knowledge, literally, out the books!
The initial fuel saving programme was an exact copy of a fuel saving programme desugned 10 years ago by some major airlines. Since then a lot of it has been changed. Only at QR we will try the whole thing over again! Problem is that this guy proposes these things to the upper management people, and they all BLINDLY believe him!
God may know why! And on top of that, they pay millions of USD for these things as well!
The Packs off on GND thing to save fuel when at the gate....Now that really is a joke! You either switch bleed on or off. By switching one pack off and maintaining the same temp demand through the AC system, the only thing happening is that the other pack will work harder and demand more bleed air!
This was confirmed by the engineers as well.
And if you want to have proof, just have a look at the APU ECAM page and then switch the second pack on. The APU EGT will not change a single degree and will stabilise at the same temp as with one pack on....proving that the APU does not work any harder!
Now this new "begging for fuel policy" .....as a pilot/crew/captain one has to be stupid to follow this blindly! Ok, we could all go on a massive diversion exercise in the coming months just to feed data to the statistics!
But how would that feel professionally? Who will have to do the explaining when an aircraft declares a low fuel state in EWR next time? Right....the PIC of that airplane!
And still in aviation law it is clearly written that the captain carries the final responsibility in all decisions taken regarding his flight! ALL decisions!
QR is desperately trying to be a major player in the field, hereby implementing policies for which this outfit is not yet ready by far!
Maybe these hotshot managers should first try to solve some of the more imminent problems hanging above their heads ( crewing, training, general policies, flight safety etc) before they start fooling around snobbishly with these fancy new theories, with as a sole purpose trying to impress the GMFO and the CEO!
But nothing will change until.....cheese....holes....lining up....PROBLEM!
Its a five star MICKEY MOUSE airline and everybody involved in it knows this very well!