Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Is AirAsia's interfering CEO risking passengers' safety? How about we leave the flying to the pilots please, Mr Fernandes.

Another AirAsia accident in just a matter of days. Flight Z2272 overshot the Kalibo runway in the Philippines. Badly shaken passengers had to leave the aircraft using its emergency slide.  

Passengers were taken to the Kalibo terminal where the elderly were given medical assistance. An AirAsia statement cited that, "All passengers are now at a hotel assisted by AirAsia staff", whereas in reality they were simply left in the airport lounge to await their luggage that was still trapped on the stricken aircraft, according to Rappler. Such excursions seem all too common for AirAsia. Our professional pilot advisers cite the likely reason is because Tony Fernandes interferes with pilots, dictating technical flight-related matters to them.  These were some his statements from our previous AirAsia safety expose here.

Tony Fernandes: "My engineers talk to my pilots about how to fly the plane more efficiently, "We went from 80 landings per set of tyres to 180. We showed them how to brake on the runway, how to use the reverse thrust, how they should descend. We burn just 770 US gallons per hour of fuel. MAS, using a similar plane burns 1100 US gallons.

Vikram Khanna - Business Times Singapore - The no-frills CEO, 5th July 2003

Cost cutting is an obsession for Mr. Fernandes, who often oversees operations from AirAsia's tiny headquarters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport . He once suggested that pilots avoid using their brakes as long as possible upon landing. "Friction usually does the trick, so our brake pads and tires last a damn sight longer than most," he says.
Discount Airlines Proliferate - 20 July 2004 Source: The Wall Street Journal

Tony Fernandes: ""I know Malaysians very well," said Fernandes, a native of Malaysia. "If you put a fare low enough, they'll risk their lives," he said, as the crowd laughed."

Tony Fernandes - World Low Cost Airline Convention, thestar.com, 2009

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Our thoughts & prayers for lost AirAsia QZ8501

Our prayers go out to the passengers & crew of AirAsia QZ8501, flying from Indonesia to Singapore. The plane was carrying 7 crew and 155 passengers - 138 adults, 16 children and a baby. It is reported that no mayday call was transmitted before the AirAsia aircraft lost contact.  In an ominous sign, AirAsia prematurely added a 'black' logo to its FaceBook page. 


AirAsia says Flight #QZ8501 had requested 'deviation' from its flight plan.  A leaked air traffic control screen shows the aircraft ended up at 36,300ft and climbing, but ground speed was only 353, far lower than normal.  According to Airways News, "At such an altitude, it should be several hundred kts faster". In light of this 'evidence', speculation across all the Internet's commercial pilot websites is rife that the aircraft stalled. 

This shot from April 2014 shows AirAsia’s ill fated PK-AXC registered Airbus A320-200 in the air near Soekarno–Hatta International. 

In unconfirmed reports, Airplane wreckage has reportedly been found east of Belitung Island in Indonesia, according to CCTV. The information has not yet been confirmed by Air Asia.  Now is not the time to discuss AirAsia's safety record, we simply pray for a miracle today. 

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre available for family of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801. Media are requested NOT to use this hotline. 

                            AirAsia safety issues here & here

                            #prayforairasia #airasia #qz8501