Among the not-Qantas stories of these days is the grounding by CASA of Brindabella Jetstreams .
As of this hour, eight out of ten of the Canberra based regional carrier’s turboprops, which include some Metroliners as well as Jetstreams, are grounded.
Its web site earlier today made no acknowledgment of the predicament the airline is in, and was just another irritation to regional travellers who have been angered in recent weeks by its inability to provide reliable air services.
Last month Brindabella self-reported the maintenance failures which led at first to the partial grounding of its Jetstream turbo-prop fleet, and now the grounding and intensive inspection and review of remaining aircraft and the procedures that may or may not have been properly adhered to in relation to their airworthiness.
Brindabella was a much respected operator, but its failure to properly maintain aircraft relied upon by the public implies gross contempt for the rules and those passengers who trusted the airline.
And when a management doesn’t even know on a daily basis what the maintenance status is of all or part of its fleet, it puts its air operator certificate under pressure.
This sounds harsh. But that this is what the rules mean. Brindabella is going to have to work very hard to restore its previously excellent reputation.