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Qantas celebrations not marred by engine failure investigations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas have had their hands full over the weekend, dealing with ongoing investigations into engine failures whilst continuing to celebrate their 90th anniversary. Simon Rushton, spokesperson for Qantas Corporate Communications, was pleased with the continued anniversary festivities over the weekend. When asked if the problems surrounding Qantas’ A380 fleet have dampened the celebrations in any way, Mr. Rushton was quick to stress that “they had not”. “Qantas is continuing to work closely with Rolls Royce in regards to the ongoing investigations surrounding the A380 engine failures”, said Mr. Rushton. Qantas released a media statement over the weekend outlining an ‘International Contingency Network Schedule’ due to the disruptions caused by the grounding of their A380 fleet. “We are now providing a full international schedule which will be active and published until 25 February 2011” said Mr. Rushton. The new contingency plan has been put in place to provide and maintain a clear and concise outline for future travel. “We are closely monitoring all of our flight schedules to ensure maximum customer satisfaction” he said. In reference to the incident surrounding the Boeing 767 bound for Melbourne from Perth on Friday, Mr Rushton said, “the General Electric engines detected vibrations and the pilots made the appropriate decision to turn back.” He said “the plane was being assessed over the weekend” although no further information could be provided. Mr. Rushton maintained that anniversary celebrations would continue despite the issues surrounding Qantas at the moment. “We have been celebrating the history of Qantas with staff, friends and family.“We are mindful that we have experienced some issues over the last couple of weeks and are currently focused on getting our A380 fleet back in the air as soon as we feel it is safe and appropriate to do so” he said.last_img read more

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