QF6010 From Manila operated by an A380.

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jet_setter

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QF6010 From Manila operated by an A380. Just arrived in Sydney? Thoughts on why it was an a380 from Manila? Thanks

Rhinojames

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VH-OQJ has been under maintainance in Manila since late January I believe.

jimmylikesitwet

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Yep, positioning flight after maintenance. Nothing to see here.

drpurpleturtle

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Hello again,

It was a maintenace positioning flight back to SYD from MNL (Lufthansa Technik). There may be another A380 which will position to MNL to replace VH-OQJ. 

TheRealBabushka

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Interesting that these things are done in Manill. I'm sure Singapore is quite concerned with the competition.

What type of maintenance occurs in Manila?

drpurpleturtle

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What type of maintenance occurs in Manila?

C Checks. 

TheRealBabushka

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Ah right! Do you know where QF's A380s HMV get done?

drpurpleturtle

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C Checks are already considered "Heavy Maintenace Checks" as a lot more of the aircrafts components need to be inspected/serviced. But Lufthansa Technik at MNL also does D checks too. 

I believe only one A380 (happy to be corrected) has had a D Check and it was OQA while under repairs after the QF32 Incident at SIAEC. That's when they discovered the A380's wing cracks. 

TheRealBabushka

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Thanks drpurpleturtle. Really interesting.

I never thought of MNL as having the expertise to perform these types of maintenance. But I suppose LH is able to leverage the lower operating cost of the MNL operations with the technical and management experience of their their home base.

It's great to see the Philipines work up the value chain. It really does drive home the importance of English as the lingua franca.

hutch

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@TRB, Singapore Airlines already runs an SIA Engineering facility just north of Manila at Clark Airport. Supposedly used to maintain A320's and soon A330 and 777's

gippsflyer

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Even though the Qantas Sale Act does require a significant proportion of maintenance operations to occur in Australia, Qantas does offshore maintenance to a certain extent (something that tends to be ignored by tub-thumpers pushing special protection/benefits for QF). The fact is that the major Australian carriers all have Australian based maintenance facilities where operational needs dicate local shore maintenance (because not to do so would create great inefficiencies), not because they are swayed by nationalistic ideals. They are more than happy to fly O/S for maintenance where it makes sense (usually for deeper level maintenance, where greater economy of scale is required to make operations efficient).

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