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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NZ & QF to inspect 737 Classics

Air New Zealand are set to inspect all 15 of their 733s for cracking while QF only have 5 734 aircraft that require checking as part of a worldwide safety directive after the explosive decompression of a Southwest 737 last week.

The airlines do not expect any service disruptions from the inspections, which were called for after the 1 April fuselage rupture incident on board a Southwest Airlines 737-300.
Qantas says it plans to inspect its aircraft within 10 days while ANZ says it will inspect its single high-cycle aircraft within five days and its remaining aircraft within 20 days. Neither carrier has grounded aircraft.
The aircraft in question all have line numbers in the range 2553-3132, the five Qantas aircraft affected are VH-TJU, TJW, TJX, TJY & TJZ with reports that no Jetconnect aircraft will be inspected, although there is a link to Jetconnect as VH-TJZ is formerly ZK-JTS and is now reported as stored.

Read more from Flight Global HERE and Flight Global Wings Down Under blogger Will Horton HERE

Alternatively the sensationalistic headline Air New Zealand planes checked after explosion leads to the story from stuff.co.nz

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