Why does it seem like every 3-5 weeks Qantas has mechanical issues with their A380s?

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Chris2304

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Why does it seem like every 3-5 weeks Qantas has mechanical issues with their A380s? Is it where their being serviced, the design of the 380s, or is Qantas just unlikely? Of course the reason because of the huge delays when there is a mechanical problem is because they are fully utilised out so there is huge repercussions when something does go wrong. Also Is there anything Qantas can do fix this issue of huge delays when problems arrise?

Serg

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Only way to fix delay in case of mechanical problem is to have spare aircraft. Almost impossible in deregulated zoo that Australian sky became.

riley

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Don't know why the above got the down arrow lynch mob onto it.... If I can assume Serg's point is that having a spare aircraft isn't viable due to increased competition. Spare aircraft was the norm in the halcyon day of the 747 and Qantas.

Serg

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"Spare aircraft isn't viable due to increased competition" - yes, this is exactly the meaning of my message. I solely missing old good times when traveling by air was very pleasant experience and planes was flying by schedule even if they happens to be half-empty. But herd wanna save a dollar and happy to pack themselves as sardines in can and do not really care that service as least in economy does not exist anymore. And do not worry about someone voting negative - there are plenty of funny people here.

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They frequently fly with a list of required service items that individually are not critical.  Then some of them add up to a situation that takes the aircraft offline. Good for them, bad for the paying customer. If we were shown the list of unattended maintenance items on boarding (full contractual disclosure) half of us would get off straight away!

wilsoni Banned

wilsoni Banned

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Which reminds me of a LAX-MEL a380 trip in QF First. After departure we were told that one of the P class toilets wasn't working (hadn't been since the plane came in from SYD). Halfway across the Pacific another one packed it in. So much for the luxury of First...

riley

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Did they compensate?

wilsoni Banned

wilsoni Banned

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No. Never offered. Asked and did not get.

riley

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That is very wrong on their behalf.

russell

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Was in F a couple of years ago to DXB and the water pump died a couple of hours in. No second meal service for all but F nor functional toilets. Flight attendants stood at the toilet doors with bottles of water for F passengers to wash hands. Worst part the inbound aircraft had the same issue but they failed to fix properly

Speak_

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Aircraft are incredibly complex peices of machinery with literally millions of parts. Things break. The ones you hear about are when something goes wrong with an A380 when they are a long way from home, which is inevitably a large part of their time considering they are LHI aircraft.

moa999

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Don't think QF has any greater issues than any other airline, just that our local media loves to jump on anything QF related as it attracts readers (or clickers)

TomGoddardd

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If they went through customs at PER and had access to the Domestic Terminal, the J and F pax would of had access to the brand new lounge! Not bad. 

I don't see why Qantas just didn't transfer them to the domestic terminal and put them on flights to SYD?

moa999

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Ignoring the distance between international and domestic terminals.

From a couple of comments I have seen, some passengers were transferred to domestic flights -- but takes a lot of already scheduled (and thus mostly full) A330s to accomodate a plane load of A380 passengers

riley

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Does anyone know which A380 (tail number) is the bird in question?

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