January 7, 2016 - There can be many challenges
for the airlines when an aircraft is flown at a
great distance from it home base, one of such
change can be dealing with an aircraft
maintenance issue. This happened to be
the case for Australian air carrier Qantas
Airlines when one of its Boeing 747-400s needed
an engine replacement after landing in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Qantas Airlines had several options available to
deal with replacing the engine. The carrier
could ferry the aircraft back to Australia. However, the Boeing 747
range on 3 engines is poor and the takeoff
distance needed is as well not ideal at many
airports. The company could have had the engine
shipped to Johannesburg but this would
have been very expensive and time consuming.