Qantas Audits Aircraft Maintenance Workers

Sydney, 21 August 2007

The Qantas Group has conducted an audit of all licensed aircraft maintenance workers after discovering irregularities in documentation relating to the qualifications of one it its engineering employees.

Executive General Manager Qantas Engineering David Cox said the Group's Engineering department had retraced the work carried out by this individual and had found no anomalies.

"It is important for our passengers to understand that although this individual was a trained and experienced engineer, we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

"In addition to verifying and clearing all of this individual's work, we have also completed a thorough investigation to ensure all current licensed aircraft maintenance workers have the correct documentation," he said.

Mr Cox said the individual had joined Qantas as a fourth year apprentice from Kendall Airlines following the collapse of Ansett Australia and had eight years in the industry prior to this recent documentation issue.

He said the airline had notified the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as soon as it discovered the problem with the documents during employment reviews.

"We have given a full briefing to CASA as well as the Australian Federal Police, who are now investigating the matter."

Mr Cox said that the individual involved had abandoned his employment after his manager detected the irregularities.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3640)