View Full Version : Tigerair Australia grounds jet after maintenance in Phillipines

15th Sep 2018, 13:20

Tigerair flew one of its three Boeing 737s to Clark International Airport near the Filipino city of Angeles on July 17 to undergo heavy maintenance work.The jet returned to Melbourne with only crew on board two weeks later, on July 31, and Tigerair engineers discovered that a modification to the plane's cargo bay smoke evacuation system had been installed incorrectly.The work was akin to the skills of a "home handyman", according to Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association federal secretary Steve Purvinas, with unsecured components and wires connected to the wrong terminals.

Also seat belts not bolted in and other shoddy work.

Timmy Tomkins
15th Sep 2018, 13:30
Was price the reason for getting the work done in Philippines or were there no alternative slots available in Australia?

16th Sep 2018, 06:40
The only people shocked and surprised are those who have never been to the Philippines.

If you can’t even deliver basic services like electricity, water or sewage to most of your population, what standard can you expect from minimum wage employees? And you are gonna send your multi million dollar jet there to get “fixed”?

Hahahahahah. No really. Hahahahaha.

Toruk Macto
16th Sep 2018, 09:36
You go to Philippines for cheap labour , you have to send a standards supervisor to oversee the operation , look over the shoulder .

16th Sep 2018, 10:53
At the end of the day you get what you pay for. As a rule, the Australian hangars produce better work, consistently.

mr Q
16th Sep 2018, 11:03
They could have sent it to the Qantas facility ...... in LA

Global Aviator
16th Sep 2018, 11:09
Lufthansa have a major maintenance base down the road in Manila, A380’s, many different tails.

Must be more to the story.

However yes having a company engineer with vested interest.....

16th Sep 2018, 11:54
Lufthansa has had a lot of problems there, too. Including all the repairs that have to made after those repairs, proper maintenance in Germany would have been more cost-effective and SAFER!

17th Sep 2018, 03:43
Was price the reason for getting the work done in Philippines or were there no alternative slots available in Australia?

What Australian "slots" ??
There is very little capability left, with almost no wide-body MRO and little narrow body done in Australia, any longer.
Sadly, it is not just alleged "cheap labor", a very simplistic cry, but hardly a comprehensive description of reasons for the demise of heavy maintenance in Australia.
Have a think about the "why" of the huge Qantas investment on MRO facilities in the USA. Qantas have not built the A-380++ sized hangar in KLAX just to park aircraft out of the SoCal sunshine.
The major cause of "expensive labor" in Australia is a legislative framework, largely but not only CASA aviation regulation, that causes very low labor productivity. It is not just simply differences in hourly rates, it goes far deeper than that.
A major analysis of Australia V. NZ heavy maintenance costs, based on a "Check 4" on a B737-800, some years ago, and recently updated, now puts the difference in total cost still at over 40%, not including a faster turnaround time in NZ, of which raw labor rate difference accounted for less than 5%. Regulatory impediments cause the major cost difference.
Tootle pip!!

17th Sep 2018, 05:20
Australia's work force productivity and skills have been going down for the last 10-15 years. This is what happens when you can dig stuff out of the ground and sell to China. Add corporate greed into it as well. Thank goodness for the correction in commodity prices or we would end up like those rich ME countries where everything is done by foreigners.