Malaysia media reports that AirAsia has in effect been given six months to correct deficiencies found in a regular safety audit ought not be downplayed as minor issues.
The fact that Asia’s largest budget airline franchise has been publicly humiliated by having a routine two year extension of its AOC shortened to six months pending full compliance with Malaysia’s safety rules is a measure of how unhappy the authorities would have been with the situation.
According to reports, the audit uncovered shortcomings in AirAsia’s flight operations procedures and practices, including flawed communications between flight operations and pilots, an outdated manual and flight operations not in keeping with the manual.
AirAsia hasn’t responded to the reports, which also claim its head of safety has been fired and replaced.
AirAsiaX, the wide body longer haul arm of the brand, but which has a different set of owners to the the larger short haul single aisle franchise, was the subject of a disturbing ATSB report into two incidents where poor visibility approaches were made to the Gold Coast airport in 2010.
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