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Jetstar A320 problems?

Old 14th Dec 2015, 09:20
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Jetstar A320 problems?

Budget Airline jokes aside, over the last week they seem to be having problems?

40 cancelled on Friday, similar numbers over the weekend and today.

I know they had a few aircraft tech on Friday but obviously things got worse?
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 09:31
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'Jerking and shuddering' Jetstar flight turned around

11:30 AM Monday Dec 14, 2015

Sparks, bangs and a shuddering aircraft are not what most people want from a flight.

But passengers on a Jetstar craft flying from Auckland to Dunedin on Saturday afternoon experienced exactly that.

One passenger, who was sitting near the front of the aircraft and wished to remain anonymous, said after a "series of loud bangs" the pilot made an announcement that the craft had lost engine [power] and would be landing back at Auckland within 10 minutes.

"Our flight was initially delayed because of a passenger in row 26 complaining of noises around their seat.

"This was apparently deemed to be because of something to do with a velcro strap.

Then, after we had made the unexpected landing, other passengers reported that the noises the person in row 26 had reported were actually a sign that there was a problem with the engine," the passenger said.

The plane was scheduled to board at 2pm and arrive in Dunedin at 4pm.

"We boarded at 7.50pm, arrived at 10.15pm."

Passenger Tony Robinson told the flight turned around about 15 minutes in.

He said while the jet was ascending there were up to nine orange flashes, banging noises, and the aircraft was "jerking and shuddering".

Mr Robinson told Fairfax it felt like the plane had a handbrake on.After the aircraft had finished ascending, it turned around and headed back to Auckland Airport, he said.

Passengers were panicked and trying to call cabin crew for assistance, but no one came, he said.

But the passenger from the front of the craft said staff had done a good job.

"When we landed, the pilot came down the aisle and asked passengers whether we were okay. He and the crew received a round of applause.

"The two female flight attendants at the front of the plane remained calm, with absolutely no sign of trouble on their poker faces throughout the ordeal."

Bruce Hellyer said his daughter was on the flight.

"She said there was a lot of noise and vibration, and a strong smell of oil in the cabin.

"After landing, the captain announced that they had had an engine problem," he said.

Mr Hellyer said his daughter finally got a flight to Dunedin at 8.30pm - six hours after she was scheduled to leave - and was given $16 of meal vouchers while she was waiting.

A Jetstar spokesman said the company was still investigating the cause of the fault which occurred in one of the engines shortly after take-off.

He said the aircraft was designed to operate with one engine - and in this case flew with one engine on full power and one on reduced power.

"The captain elected to return to Auckland and had a normal landing. Customers were accommodated on later services."
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:02
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Our flight was initially delayed because of a passenger in row 26 complaining of noises around their seat.

"This was apparently deemed to be because of something to do with a velcro strap".

The noise wasn't the velco strap, it was the sheep stuck to it........
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:02
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I know that big brother is picking up some of their flights and taking up slack where it can. I didn't hear why.
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:20
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I think it would have more to do with lack of crew. Too few pilots with rostered hours currently v high, before disruption and SBY call out. Cabin crew, well they are mostly casual so you can expect a high rate of no show, esp' this time of year.
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 22:24
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I think it would have more to do with lack of crew.
Thats it in a nutshell and to add to it is too few HO types with frontline experience. Expect January to be worse.
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 22:46
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Don't worry, someone in management got a bonus for reducing crew levels and saving money.
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 22:53
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Can't be as bad as there Q300 ops in New Zealand, who apparently in an recent week operated at 30-40% ontime. With the A320 services dropping to 70%
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 23:41
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Hey peeps Sounds like the Jetstar crew have done a pretty good job, well done!
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