The Pencil Guy: Hourann's illogical blog

It’s been seven years, but …

Look past the lame service and Qantas is still one of the safest airlines in the world, so last week’s news about a scare over the Philippines isn’t that big of a deal.

Of course, I’m assuming that Geoff “must save money, we’re going bankrupt!” Dixon and his management aren’t to blame for, I don’t know, maybe running a plane that was in poor condition. After all, that’s the best explanation for part of its skin ripping off. And thus it is that the Australian news reports were asking questions about maintenance, interviewing union officials, that kind of thing.

But I actually saw the story first in the San Francisco Chronicle, and barely a few sentences into their AP article: “An official at the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, who spoke on condition of anonymity … said initial reports show it was not related to terrorism.”

  1. Ahhh! Change! Things look different! I’m scared and uncertain!

    PS Guess who’s boss was on the infamous QF30? That’s right – he was the one calming all the crying babies, panicked mothers and weeping businessmen.

    PPS Did you feel the earthquake from where you are?

  2. Maintenance was the first thing I started wondering about to. Because when the accountants start cutting costs, maintenance is nearly always one of the things to be pared down, and the short term result is nice and favourable. Medium and long term, though, it always comes back and bites. And they were saying that there’s been something of an increase of minor incidents over the past few years, which again points to maintenance.

    But terrorism? I’m thinking I rather like that Aussie media didn’t so much as raise the option =)

    Also, shiny new blog!
    …you were bored on the weekend, weren’t you?

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