NCA was forced to suspend operations and ground all of its aircraft, 8 x 748F and 3 x 744F over the weekend, leaving a massive freighter shortage at the centre of Japan’s commercial air cargo.
The problem came about when inspectors examining maintenance records, found inappropriate record keeping, and the wrong or substandard lubrication oil being used in engines.
The airline is expected to resume operations later this week, when authorities are satisfied that low-grade lubricants have replaced and no other issues have been found in maintenance records.
Some have alleged the cause is the airlines’ own doing, with harsh cost cutting having been undertaken in recent months.
The airline expects to have lost 20% of its flights for the next month as a result, more than outweighing the cost of any savings on cheap lubricant!