Qantas today strongly refuted claims made by the Federal Secretary of an aviation
engineering union regarding maintenance of the aircraft involved in today’s Jetstar inflight incident and
diversion to Guam.
Group Executive Qantas Airlines Operations, Mr Lyell Strambi, said the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers
Association’s (ALAEA) Steve Purvinas was well known for making inflammatory statements and not letting the
facts get in the way of his story.
“The A330-200 aircraft involved in this incident was delivered new by Airbus in 2007,” Mr Strambi said.
“It has since undergone a number of routine maintenance checks - most recently by Qantas Engineering in
Melbourne in May this year, while its one and only heavy maintenance check was done by Lufthansa Technik
in Manila in December 2008.
“We don’t resile from this in any way and Mr Purvinas is deliberately twisting words in suggesting Jetstar has
tried to link the issue to Qantas engineers in Australia.”
Mr Strambi said the union also knew that:
where Qantas Engineering does not have the capacity to do work in Australia, it is done by reputable
overseas providers. They are certified by CASA and Qantas and their work is overseen by on-site Qantas
Qantas recently announced that Qantas Group A330 heavy maintenance would be undertaken in Brisbane
“Qantas always has high levels of oversight in place, so where maintenance takes place is not relevant,” Mr
“Had Mr Purvinas checked his facts and been able to think outside his narrow industrial agenda, as any good
engineer would, he would know that the electrical connector that caused the Jetstar incident was not part of
the work undertaken in Manila last year.
“There has been no requirement to touch this component since the aircraft was delivered, there is no history of
it being an issue with our A330 fleet and there have been no directives from Airbus covering this component.
“And had he checked, he would know that the B747 issue referred to was fully and independently investigated
by the ATSB. The issue was known to Boeing, which was developing a modification to address it and the
ATSB could not link the issue with any previous heavy maintenance work.
“Qantas is committed to the highest operational and safety standards, and the ALAEA is slandering the hard
work of its members when it makes baseless and ill-informed claims regarding our engineering operations.”