Date: 13 Jan 97 18:35:31 From: M.J.Jennings@amtp.cam.ac.uk (Michael Jennings) Organization: University of Cambridge DAMTP References: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1997.152@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Simon Craig <email@example.com> wrote: >>I have flown on either an Ansett or an Australian Airlines 767 (I forget >>which - it was in 1987) that had both an engineer's panel (albeit >>truncated) *and* a living, breathing flight engineer. What gives? > >I've had a good look at the Ansett flighties panel, an a fat lot a good it >is. The must be the most lightly worked flight engineers in the history of >commercial aviation. > >The story I heard (and I have to admit it's a good one) was that it >prevented a whole lot of legal action by the flight engineers of the time. >I must admit, getting a special aeroplane just to appease flight engineers >sounds a little ludicrous, but it's still a good story :-) Ansett bought those five 767s in the early 1980s, which turned out to be a bit of a mistake. (Like in the US, passengers on domestic routes preferred high frequencies to larger aircraft, and as a consequence Ansett had trouble filling its 767s, as did the then TAA with its A300s). Therefore, Ansett didn't add to the fleet for about a decade. When it did eventually start buying more 767s, it came to a special deal with the union to have two man crews on the new 767s as well as get rid of the engineers on the old 767s. I believe some generous one off payments were made to the people in question. Michael. -- Michael Jennings Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics The University of Cambridge. firstname.lastname@example.org "`I need every aluminum can you can find! And duct tape!"