Commercial airline and aircraft specialists in Australia are accusing Air Asia of lying and manufacturing reasons for the recent spate of mechanical (engine) problems the airline has experienced in Australia.
In the most recent incident involving another engine failure on a two engine aircraft, Air Asia reported that a “bird strike” was the suspected cause of the engine failure on D 7207 “having found bird remains on the runway”.
Air safety experts in Australia claim this is a nonsense because Air Asia staff and its personnel were not allowed nor are reported to have examined the runway at the Gold Coast airport following the incident with flight D 7202. So how did Air Asia come up with this excuse? As it happens the cause of the engine failure was speculated by a Brisbane tabloid, the source of that story.
So whats happening at Air Asia? Two dangerous engine failures in a week both departing from Australia. Is it sabotage by Australian airlines losing passengers to this cut price airline from Malaysia? or is it plain negligence on the part of Air Asia an airline accused of cutting corners to maintain their low cost dominance of air travel at the cost of passenger safety?
In order to be able to carry passengers at such low prices some costs have to be cut according to airline costing experts. It appears as one expert commented, the biggest cost for any airline is in maintenance of its aircraft and training of its pilots and engineers to peak levels all of the time.
There have just been too many incidents of the nature of the engine blow outs and pilots being unable to navigate their courses for the public to ignore with this feel good airline.
Air Asia suffers from lack of quality experienced pilots, poor maintenance and poorer air safety from its record of mechanical failures. Add to that poor pilot performance in the air for at least a 4 year period now.