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VintageKrug – 06/06/2013 09:15 GMT

I would strongly support your statement that safety must come first, but would then balance that by saying that repeated tech failures are not good for an airline’s reputation or finances.

Without knowing the stats/trends for BA tech problems over the last 12 months, one cannot draw any conclusion about whether the Phoenix debacle was a string of unfortunate events precipitated by random failures on an ageing fleet (by which I mean the 747-400) or something with a discernable pattern.

Older aircraft do have a tendency to throw up surprises, no matter how good the maintenance.