7 major airlines outsourcing 40% of their maintenance

A Boeing 737-300 has recently been forced to perform an emergency landing after an explosive depressurization due to a rather big hole in its fuselage. Reports suggested that some MRO (Maintenance; Repair; and Overhaul) operations had been outsourced to El Salvador, and might have caused such an accident.

However, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) said that the last heavy « C » check – the last major MRO operation on the aircraft – was performed at the Dallas Southwest maintenance facilities in March 2010.

The TWU (Transport Workers Union) has condemned the use of aircraft repair stations outside the USA, calling on Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration to toughen the FAA’s oversight – Watch the video:

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United Airline pilot supporting striking Lufthansa pilots

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is to be all set for 2016 Olympic Games

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Brazil to privatize Rio airport to prepare for 2016 Olympics

11:05 04/10/2009 The international airport in Brazil’s largest city, Rio de Janeiro, which won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, will be privatized and modernized to prepare for the Olympics, the authorities said.>>

It is the first time a South American city has been awarded the Olympic Games organization. As the Rio airport is located on the Governador Island, the enhancement works might put the Galeo Brazilian Air Force station to some temporary inconvenience.