>>1138822 Air Canada is shit American Airlines is even more shit Both will pour you a third a can of pop and get butthurt when you ask for a full can Both have overweight stewardesses Both have those shitty glitchy TVs that take 5 minutes to navigate between the 5 or 6 movies they have Only difference is American Airlines is more likely to ground the plane and arrest someone over something trivial
AA still does most of its maintenance within the USA--but I suggest travellers read this article in Vanity Fair, outlining how many US discount carriers are sending their fleet for offshore cheap maintenance.
"The work is labor-intensive and complicated, and the technical manuals are written in English, the language of international aviation. According to regulations, in order to receive F.A.A. certification as a mechanic, a worker needs to be able to “read, speak, write, and comprehend spoken English.” Most of the mechanics in El Salvador and some other developing countries who take apart the big jets and then put them back together are unable to meet this standard. At Aeroman’s El Salvador facility, only one mechanic out of eight is F.A.A.-certified. At a major overhaul base used by United Airlines in China, the ratio is one F.A.A.-certified mechanic for every 31 non-certified mechanics."
I will note that Air Canada still does its maintenance in Canada, with fully licenced aeromechanics. Also, having flown in the USA a lot in the last two years, my opinion of Air Canada has gone waaayyyy up. Never had so many delays for technical problems as I had on US carriers. On one flight I took, a United pilot refused to board the a/c, since it had the wrong tail number. Sloppy.
>>1138842 >http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/11/airplane-maintenance-disturbing-truth Quite an alarmist article, and I do think China might be crap for both pilots and repairs, but the overall tone of the article is self-centered. There's no reason an airline who has every reason to keep a plane from falling out of the sky, and a skilled pilot who is doing safety checks and who's life depends on that aren't issuing oversight of their own. The FAA isn't the end all be all in the airline world, as they once were, and overhaul has ALWAYS been done overseas, especially interiors, such as described in El Salvador. Pan Am, and National before them, put in their luxe corinthian leather interiors where the leather was most skillfully tanned and installed decades ago. The largest carriers to the Americas, moving freight, the past 30 years? They never did their repairs inside of Miami unless it was an emergency repair. Do they speak English in the US anymore? Not really. I'm quite alright if my mechanic on my automobile hablas espanol, and it has nothing to do with his intelligence. The article wasn't fully researched and ON PURPOSE omitted other major brands, not to mention the perceived quality of the specific latin american repair hubs. The author of the article loved to bash a 8:1 skilled laborer vs 30:1 but what is bringing planes down more than maintenance is unskilled pilots. Look to asia again for that worry. Most of you have no idea who is in the cockpit your airline if you aren't flying a north american legacy airline with the most competitive salaries in the world. Air Canada counts, as does American. Delta pays the most of all, and maybe Emirates and the like will throw a token qualified pilot up there for big bucks, and then saddle him with some sheik's car salesman nephew with 900 hours in a simulator and the IQ of a video gamer.
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