Concerns over Rex safety

By TtheTraveller | Jul 05, 2019, 08:55 PM
I'd be interested to test current perceptions around Rex as a business travel option.

I've a few trips coming up that could be either with Rex (closest airport) or Qantas (additional 45 minutes' drive). Booked in advance, price will be about the same with either airline.

I've been following the news stories, which started in the News Corp papers and are now getting wider coverage, with the engineering union suggesting there's a culture where defect reporting is aggressively discouraged if it causes delays. Rex is blaming it on a "disgruntled" engineer.

What's making me a bit uncomfortable is that Rex also appears to be hostile to the regulator (describing the leak about corrosion as "cowardly and despicable") which isn't the ideal relationship that I, as a passenger, would like my airline to have with them.

I'm not a nervous flyer, and know the odds of a disaster in Australian aviation are tiny. Rex has always been fine for me thus far. But...

Initially, my thought was to ignore the news story as potential journalistic excess, but a week since the coverage started, I've been delaying booking forthcoming travel, and the Rex stories are still coming.

So, take the shorter journey, or play it safe and go with Qantas? Until it shakes out, I'm inclined towards the latter, by the way.
Poll: Issues with Rex safety culture?
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By TtheTraveller | Jul 05, 2019, 08:56 PM
Last edited by David at Jul 06, 2019, 09.23 AM.
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By Seat 4a | Jul 06, 2019, 08:11 AM
What a dreadful article
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By StuParr | Jul 06, 2019, 09:17 AM
If Rex was really that bad CASA would have stopped then from flying. While their aircraft maybe on the old side they have operated relatively without incident for a long time. They are trusted by defence and other organisations. I would take what is the quickest route.

This seems to be similar to the action licensed engineers took with Qantas a while back. The leaking of what are routine issues to a public that wouldn’t know if it was serious or not, combined with a news organisation who’s journalists are incentivised by page views. So I’d ignore it.
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By S | Jul 06, 2019, 03:48 PM
Read and you will believe that your Rex flight will drop out of the sky.
Your choice to read
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By Red Cee | Jul 06, 2019, 07:16 PM
Anything reported in News Corp, I would take with a grain of salt.
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By GB18 | Jul 07, 2019, 04:14 PM
I have other reasons I try to avoid REX mostly to do with luggage limits and past experiences with luggage being damaged.

This news however wouldn’t stop me from flying with them again if I needed to.
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By Seat 4a | Jul 07, 2019, 06:10 PM
I find flying rex always a great experience. Staff are great few delays and good value for money
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By Mal | Jul 08, 2019, 10:53 AM
"CASA has confirmed it has no current issues with the safety of REX aircraft. This follows intensive work over the last month reviewing allegations made about short comings in REX maintenance."

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By andyf | Jul 10, 2019, 11:37 PM
Rex is a bit of a strange beast (take a look on their website's investor relations annual reports and the strange titles they give them ... 2007/08 is titled "Annus Horribilis", 2008/09 is "Annus Horribilis II", 2013/14 is "Last Man Standing" etc).

Still, CASA did ground Tiger only few years ago, so I can only presume that as a regulator they aren't afraid to shut down flights if they think there is a genuine safety issue 🤷‍♂. And unions often play the safety card for their own purposes.
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