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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 03:08
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new Qantas Head of Engineering

Just read on the news Chris Nassenstein has been appointed Head of Qantas Eng as of February.

Anyone familiar? background?
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 03:44
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Google is your frend: this is from Air Noo Zullend's web-site.

MR CHRIS NASSENSTEIN
General Manager Air New Zealand Technical Operations

Chris came to Air New Zealand in early 2005 from Air Transat in Canada, where he was Senior Vice President Technical Operations and Customers. Chris has extensive experience in airline engineering & maintenance and change management. He has been responsible for engineering and maintenance at Canadian Airlines, Air Canada and Lan Chile. Chris has a track record of achieving performance improvement through the involvement of the people in the business.
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 03:56
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Chris Nassenstein - New Zealand | Facebook

Well, at least he isn't stuck in the dark ages and none of his friends names began with Geoff..
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 04:29
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Thanks folks!
I had not heard of him so presumed not a qf insider.Prob a good thing to come fresh.
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Qantas Airways Ltd has appointed Air New Zealand's head of engineering, Chris Nassenstein, as executive manager of its engineering division.
Qantas operations group executive Lyell Strambi said Mr Nassenstein would commence his new role with the airline in February.
"Qantas Engineering is one of the largest aircraft engineering and maintenance organisations in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Strambi said in a statement.
"The operation employs more than 5,700 people at facilities across Australia and, after an extensive internal and external search, we have appointed Chris to lead this vital arm of Qantas.
"Chris’ appointment represents a rare opportunity for us to bring external experience and a global perspective to this position and our engineering operations."
Mr Nassenstein previously held senior engineering posts at Air Transat, Lan Chile, Air Canada and Canadian Airlines.
His appointment follows Qantas' recent addition of 100 engineering apprentices, who are due to join the airline in February 2010. Qantas will also undertake heavy maintenance on its Airbus A330 aircraft at its Brisbane heavy maintenance facility from early next year.
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From Flight Global;

Qantas appoints new head of engineering
By Leithen Francis

Qantas Airways has appointed a new head of engineering, a position that has been vacant since David Cox left.
Chris Nassenstein will be executive general manager of engineering starting in February, says the Oneworld carrier.
Nassenstein is currently head of Air New Zealand's engineering operations, it adds.
"Chris' appointment represents a rare opportunity for us to bring in external experience," says Qantas group executive operations Lyell Strambi.
Nassenstein has held senior engineering positions at Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and Lan Chile, he says.
Earlier in his career, Nassenstein worked for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and McDonnell Douglas, he adds.
Nassenstein replaces David Cox who left earlier this year.
He is joining Qantas as it prepares to bring Airbus A330 heavy maintenance in-house after years of outsourcing.

And from Qantas;

Qantas Announces New Head of Engineering

Sydney, 23 October 2009
Qantas today announced the appointment of Mr Chris Nassenstein as Executive Manager Qantas Engineering.
Group Executive Qantas Operations, Mr Lyell Strambi, said Mr Nassenstein, who is currently head of Air New Zealand's engineering operations, would commence in February 2010.
"Qantas Engineering is one of the largest aircraft engineering and maintenance organisations in the Asia-Pacific region," Mr Strambi said.
"The operation employs more than 5,700 people at facilities across Australia and, after an extensive internal and external search, we have appointed Chris to lead this vital arm of Qantas.
"Qantas Engineering has a well established international reputation for operational excellence and safety and a long and successful history of internal appointments to this important role.
"However Chris' appointment represents a rare opportunity for us to bring external experience and a global perspective to this position and our engineering operations."
Chris Nassenstein's international experience spans five countries. For the past five years, he has led Air New Zealand's Engineering operations as General Manager Technical Operations. Prior to this, he held the senior engineering posts at Air Transat, Lan Chile, Air Canada and Canadian Airlines. Earlier in his career, he worked for McDonnell Douglas USA and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Mr Strambi said Qantas continued to invest in its Australian engineering and maintenance operations.
"We spend more than $1.4 billion each year on the maintenance of our aircraft, which includes employing a large, diverse, skilled, dedicated and motivated workforce," he said.
Qantas recently announced it would employ 100 engineering apprentices from February 2010 to ensure its engineering business was skilled for the future.
Airbus A330 heavy maintenance will also be undertaken in Australia, at Qantas Engineering's Brisbane Heavy Maintenance facility, from early 2010.
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 11:37
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I just spoke to some mates at Air NZ and they're happy to see the back of him!

One of the interesting things they said was that he's against extended hour rosters. Apparently he got rid of their 12hr shifts...
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Is that good or bad?
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clearly working 12 hour shifts in such an environment cannot be a good thing
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Old 24th Oct 2009, 03:59
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You know, Heads of Engineering, GGM of Engineering or Executive Engineering Officers - whatever they want to call themselves now days will come and go.
They will make their mark - good or bad. They will try and re-invent the wheel. I have seen a few of them do their best and worst.

But in the end it will be the LAME left to pick up the pieces and work in an environment left by their legacy.

Lets see how this one plays out, the book is yet to be written!
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Thank goodness he has some experience with a range of airlines and was not a product of Air New Zealand. Interesting to read...

...achieving performance improvement through the involvement of the people in the business.
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Old 24th Oct 2009, 08:33
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Update

Chris has a vast background, and AJ wanted a fresh face appointed to QF. AJ is not happy with the past 12 months publicity so wanted fresh blood brought in. QF will bring more Engineering back into AUS, and some other 'initiatives' that are yet to be unveiled. If Chris doesnt oversight the changes effectively he will be punted, and quite easily, due to him being an 'outsider'. Its way too early to tell whether Chris will 'make the grade' or fall like a cheap deck of cards, like Mr Cox.He is reputedly a marginally better performer than Cox, and also has more of a safety focus, which AJ is pushing presently.
Heck, if he is a success,he may even don a white outfit and sing with the choir !!
Time will tell folks, lets let the dust settle.
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Could anyone be worse than someone who endorses maintenance work with staplers?

I mean that and the other rubbish that went on.
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Old 24th Oct 2009, 11:13
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Any kiwis care to comment on his performance at ANZ,seems the kiwi formula has been successful of late unlike the past QF management.Maybe there's hope for the rat yet.
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Apparently he got rid of their 12hr shifts
Oh great, here we go again.
Here's an idea lets bring in some useless consultants to work with some inhouse toe cutting wannabe accountants and put everyone on an 8 hour shift to "increase" productivity.

clearly working 12 hour shifts in such an environment cannot be a good thing
And what do you base this on, or are you blindly misled by management as well?

But in the end it will be the LAME left to pick up the pieces and work in an environment left by their legacy
Just as we are doing right now and continuing to defend ourselves from constant refernces by management about "the dispute" which we apparently caused.
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Old 25th Oct 2009, 00:16
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Just over 12 months ago a bloke called M left the Qantas business. He went to the railways and the ALAEA put a call through to the RTBU (rail union) to warn them of the incoming FOD.

Within 15 minutes of the announcement of this new Engineering boss, the ALAEA received a call from NZ warning of the FOD that was heading our way. Apparently the Engineers across the pond are over the moon that their biggest tool is moving on.
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Old 25th Oct 2009, 22:05
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At least we have a few months to get to know him before we start EBA IX negotiations.
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Old 26th Oct 2009, 04:25
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so who would you like masked one ? yourself SP!
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Old 26th Oct 2009, 13:05
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Out of interest, what's wrong with 12 hour shifts? (Yes, I've worked them although not as a LAME, unlike a lot of management types who aren't in favour)
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Old 27th Oct 2009, 07:44
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What's wrong with 12hr shifts?- Nothing. Best shift I've ever worked. And in the last 30yrs I have worked a few! Management hate them because they see the worker getting 4 or 5 days off in a row, and this makes them envious.
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