TAP and the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) discussed today “mitigating measures” to try to solve the odours and bad dispositions that have occurred between crews and passengers on the air planes A330neo.
Trade union source declined to give details to Lusa about what measures these would be, not to get into issues that may be involved in “trade and technological secrecy”, both TAP and Airbus, maker of the aircraft.
Still, the same source said that workers will be alert “because they are issues that are not scientifically proven” and that conclusions can only be drawn “after having all the data.”
The measures will be implemented immediately, with both the airline and the workers “waiting for the data, which has to do with analysis done in the cabin,” according to the same source, who said that “dozens” of crew members presented health complaints after fly on the A330neo.
TAP said last week that tests carried out on board the new A330neo did not find “any substances that could pose a danger to crew and passengers’ health” or “oxygen insufficiency record”.
In a letter sent to the crew, which Lusa had access to, the airline informs that it has been monitoring, together with Airbus, the conditions of the aircraft, after complaints of crew and passengers have arisen in recent months due to nausea and a strange odour on board.
According to the company, an ‘Aerotracer’ equipment was installed in order to analyse and identify air contaminated by different agents in the air plane cabin.
“Of the 20 flights carried out with the ‘Aerotracer’ installed, only two of them have reported episodes of” identified “but” residual “smells that are far below the reference airspeed limits.
TAP also reported a letter from Airbus, which the company says is monitoring the situation and rejects links between nausea and odours.
Diário de Notícias reported on Monday that Airbus has detected problems with engine oil and air conditioning from TAP aircraft, problems that would have been the source of the strange smells that have been detected in the new A330neo.
According to the newspaper, which also cites a letter from Airbus to TAP, the company has detected flaws in the new aircraft, acknowledges these problems, but said that it has already taken two mitigating measures, both on land and during the take-off.