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REX Safety Issues Staff call for Grounding

trooper

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Have a friend who is a LAME who used to work for them..... he is, to put it mildly..."not surprised".... Will be interesting indeed.
 

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Concern over grounding or concern over crashing? ;)
Both.
My wife flys ADL-WYA a couple of times a month for work day stints and loves them. We also use them to visit my parents at Tumblong and never had an issue but this news is a tad concerning to say the least. At this stage I don’t think I’ll cancel this weeks flights but my wife is definitely a little edgy
 

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It's not a great situation as many regional towns across Australia rely on Rex services.

But I do have to wonder whether Rex's business is really sustainable. They have an ageing fleet of Saab 340 aircraft which are no longer being produced and Rex doesn't seem to have any plan to replace these planes. The plan to introduce security screening at small regional airports (for which Rex would probably have to burden some or all of the cost) doesn't help with their ongoing profitability either.

Either way, if Rex does get grounded, it will lead to significant changes to regional aviation in this country.
 

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It's not a great situation as many regional towns across Australia rely on Rex services.

But I do have to wonder whether Rex's business is really sustainable. They have an ageing fleet of Saab 340 aircraft which are no longer being produced and Rex doesn't seem to have any plan to replace these planes. The plan to introduce security screening at small regional airports (for which Rex would probably have to burden some or all of the cost) doesn't help with their ongoing profitability either.

Either way, if Rex does get grounded, it will lead to significant changes to regional aviation in this country.
Very interesting times ahead. I don’t think a lot of people realise just how much it would affect regional areas. Close to 30 flights a day just from little old ADL alone. I would be guessing the government would have to put their hands in the their pockets to some extent for the meantime but not sure where the equipment would come from
 

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The issue is the lack of suitable replacement aircraft.
There just aren't any 30-50 seat props in production.

The US regionals do use smaller Embraer ERJs but they are more expensive to purchase and operate.
 

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The issue is the lack of suitable replacement aircraft.
There just aren't any 30-50 seat props in production.

The US regionals do use smaller Embraer ERJs but they are more expensive to purchase and operate.
Same thought crossed my mind in last few weeks. Where does a regional airline buy/lease a modern low cost of ownership/operation 30-50 seater nowadays?
 

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Will be interesting to see what CASA finds and if they do ground the fleet.
CASA isn't known for having any balls with regard to larger airlines, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's happy to bully a smaller one. Much of what I see around the word relates to regulators who have been weak for years, suddenly coming to life as the horse bolts out of the door. The MAX is perhaps the best example at the moment. If regulation were working properly, problems would be nipped in the bud...

If the fleet is grounded would Qantas and Virgin step in?
How? I expect that neither have spare aircraft sitting around, so those smaller places that don't get multiple airlines servicing them now, would, most likely, end up with nothing. At other places, seats would dry up, and prices would rise accordingly. There wouldn't suddenly be extra capacity.
 

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I expect that if REX does dramatically stop flying for whatever reason, that politicians will do what they've always done: reach for the closest capability that can make them look good to voters. Regional Australia, meet Spartan Airlines...brought to you by 35SQN. With a very limited route map of course.

I wonder if C-27J is selectable in AFF Flight Tracker?

If QF and VA are smart they'd already have a plan (and a PR response) about which couple of ZL routes they'd be able to rapidly support from their current fleet. Or at least which would be the most profitable for them to target.
 

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Rex has responded publicly via media announcement, and ASX release to accusations:


Apparently complaint first went to Fair Work Commission, then CASA, and discussed with CASA on 18 June. ALAEA have suggested CASA responsible for leak of report. Intriguing.

Shares dropped 15% on Monday morning prior to trading halt. After announcement trading recommenced and now at 4.3% lower than Friday close.
 

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Rex shares finished at $1.36 after some trades down about 20 cents after the news was reported.
I consider Rex to be run properly and despite the aircraft age they are doing ok.
Our family are original shareholders from when they went public just like we have Qantas shares from their start as a public company.|
 

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CASA isn't known for having any balls with regard to larger airlines, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's happy to bully a smaller one. Much of what I see around the word relates to regulators who have been weak for years, suddenly coming to life as the horse bolts out of the door. The MAX is perhaps the best example at the moment. If regulation were working properly, problems would be nipped in the bud...



How? I expect that neither have spare aircraft sitting around, so those smaller places that don't get multiple airlines servicing them now, would, most likely, end up with nothing. At other places, seats would dry up, and prices would rise accordingly. There wouldn't suddenly be extra capacity.
rex has always had issues with unions. I think they would prefer all employees were non-unionist. With the recession, could this happen ?
 

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More news on these matters, CASA seems to have taken a closer look...


The latest on 8 July seems to indicate CASA are happy:

Quoting Rex, quoting CASA:
"The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has confirmed it has no current issues with the safety of REX aircraft.”“REX maintenance engineering staff were randomly selected by CASA and interviewed. All of them said that they felt confident in reporting maintenance errors or defects,and they indicated REX operated according to ‘just culture’ principles.”
Rex media releases, however, are always good for a laugh. The sorts of things they say, and they way they say it, would never ever in a million years make it into press releases of the companies I've worked for, such as:

Rex has nothing but contempt for the efforts of some media outlets to generate more sales through malicious attacks on its airline safety record based on biased and anecdotal accusations by anonymous disgruntled staff
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Rex has no doubt that these tabloids will continue to try to sully Rex’s reputation and indeed a tabloid has yesterday already made xenophobic comments about Rex’s management.
 

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I'm often shocked by what I read in Rex press releases. They're not winning any friends with this kind of rhetoric.
Although a touch hyperbole, a bit more ring of truth to them than some press releases. AKA Boeing, Trump etc etc etc
 

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