Re: Trent 700-powered A330 grounded in Hong Kong

From: (H Andrew Chuang)
Date:         26 May 1997 00:29:24 GMT
Organization: Concentric Internet Services
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In article <5m9j4m$>, I wrote:

>On Saturday, May 24, a Dragonair A330 experienced an inflight shutdown
>on one of its four Trent 700-powered A330-300 and made an emergency
>landing in the Philippines.  Cathay Pacific and Dragonair decided to
>voluntarily ground all their A330s...


An update: the flight, KA061 took place on May 23rd.  The Kota Kinabalu-
originated flight was diverted to the Subic Bay airport in the
Philippines.  Also, Garuda Indonesia has also decided to ground its
Trent 700-powered A330 fleet.

Dragonair has arranged to lease two planes, one from Air China and
another from China Airlines.  Cathay expects to have have some leased
planes by mid-week.

The grounding is expected to last for at least two to eight weeks.
Cathay management is in a heated dispute with its pilots' association
over the new work rules.  The grounding certainly makes the problem
even worse.  With the British hand-over of Hong Kong to China to take
place at the end of next month, Cathay may have serious problem
handling the expected higher-than-normal traffic during the period.