in Air Transport / Maintenance

LAM struggles with grounded aircraft

Posted 31 March 2017 · Add Comment

By Oscar Nkala | Only four out of the seven passenger aircraft operated by Mozambique Airlines (LAM) are currently operational while three others are grounded due to faults, a top company official has revealed.

Addressing Deputy Transport Minister Manuela Rebelo during a tour of the company’s facilities in Maputo early this week, LAM Technical Director Pascoal Bernardo said the other three aircraft were grounded due to a variety of technical problems.

However, he said some of the spare parts have already been ordered from the manufacturers and the repairs would be hastened to ensure that all the grounded aircraft are returned to service as early as possible.

The grounding of the aircraft has hurt the company's domestic and regional flight schedules, with delays and disruptions that led to the cancellation of many flights in recent days.

Deputy minister Rebelo said despite the disruption of flights, it was necessary to ground the aircraft until the technical problems were attended to and fixed.

"If the equipment, even in the smallest detail, is not air-worthy, then it is important for the aircraft to be grounded because passenger safety comes first," she said.
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Air Mauritius starts operations to Wuhan, China

The Wuhan route will be served by an Airbus A340 in a 34 business class and 264 economy class configuration.

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 to Africa

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, will be the first business aviation company to operate and manage a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in Africa.

Why Africa looks booked to succeed

For many years, Africa has been talked of as a continent of great potential in commercial aviation. That potential has never really materialised. As Alan Dron reports, the authors of a new book believe that, at last, things are about to

First ACJ320neo is assembled

The first ACJ320neo has been assembled on programme, fitted with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and painted in ACJ house-colours, in preparation for a first flight in the coming weeks.

Support our industry call from new ACI boss

Bongani Maseko, new chairman of the Airports Council International (ACI), believes that, despite challenges, African aviation is becoming a strong contributor to global economic growth.

Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority recognises IATA's Airline Safety Audit Programme

Kigali The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) signed an MoU to partner for the improvement of aviation safety.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
AviationAfrica_BT0607280219GroundHandling BT2205130918AAD2018 BTMarrakechAirshow BT2507241018AirCargoAFA_BT220318210219