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BEN SANDILANDS | March 04, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 4 |

CASA says Indonesia AirAsiaX now legal to fly here

An AirAsia X A333. Its Indonesian franchise now meets CASA requirements.

More than two month’s after AirAsia X’s Indonesian franchise damaged the holiday plans of Australians booked on its Melbourne-Denpasar flights by cancelling them just before Christmas it has  been issued with an air operator certificate by CASA.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 04, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 1 |

MH17 wreckage put on display as MH370 anniversary approaches

In a grim preview to the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, parts of the wreckage of another of its 777-200ERs,  which was operating its flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine last July, have been put on display at the Netherlands military airbase at Gilze-Rijen.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 03, 2015 | ROUTES | |

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

Air NZ welcomes American and United to their trans Pacific monopoly

Some years ago on a family visit by a US relative to Auckland, we treated our guest to an All Blacks game at Eden Park, complete with a full haka (there being no half measures when the action involves the Wallabies).

She couldn’t quite get that the ceremony was all bluff, but alas, as usual, prophetic as to the outcome.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 03, 2015 | ROUTES | 3 |

Emirates launches daily Bali flights, what about Fiji?

Emirates delivers another lesson in market building, this time in Bali

BEN SANDILANDS | March 02, 2015 | ROUTES | 8 |

Virgin Australia opens new international strategy with Fiji

This is where you are most likely to miss your return flight

Fiji will be served in peak periods from 4 April by Virgin Australia A330-200s as well as the 737s which fly its current schedule on routes between Australia and Nadi, marking the start of its recently foreshadowed new international initiatives.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

Australia is keen to quit MH370 search soon, but why?

Recent well placed hints by Australia that it is looking to winding up the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have made it to the New York Times. The implications of this need to be carefully considered.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 01, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 28 |

Absurd MH370 related tracking statement made by Minister Truss

Does the Minister actually pay any arttention to what gets put out in his name?

The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes.

Such as the one believed to have been followed to its doom in the southern Indian Ocean by missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was a 777 with 239 people and items of secret air freight on board when it crashed almost a year ago.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 28, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Contrasting tales of big profits, small jets on opposite sides of Atlantic

Airbus A350-900 at Munich Airport yesterday

European airliner giant Airbus and Canadian ‘minnow’ Bombardier made very different headlines on either side of the Atlantic overnight.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 28, 2015 | SPACE | 1 |

Goodbye Mr Spock, our kids’ kids will make that Star Trek

NASA has released the following photo on news of the death of actor Leonard Nimoy who was Mr Spock in the Star Trek cinema and television series.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 27, 2015 | GROWTH | 32 |

Qantas: Has it broken free of the need for protection?

Time to refocus Qantas on competing not complaining?


By coincidence, yesterday’s strong return to viability by Qantas came on the same day as a Productivity Commission report refuting its special pleadings over restricting foreign competitors.

It might well be the right time for Qantas to stop bleating about the claimed end-of-the-line geographical disadvantages of its network, or the cost advantages of its ‘tormentors’ and leverage instead its excellence

BEN SANDILANDS | February 27, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 7 |

Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC


The merged system could even make Sydney work a bit better:AirServices photo

An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 26, 2015 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 14 |

Qantas beats consensus with strong profit rebound but no dividend

No longer flying in the red, a Qantas lineup at Sydney

Qantas has posted an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for its first half results to 31 December, beating expectations of between $300-350 million but the dividend drought continues.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 25, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH370 search finds man made objects, none from jet

Also overlooked in the Senate Estimates treasure trove last night was news that the MH370 search being run by Australia, has found what appear to be man made objects as large as shipping containers.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 25, 2015 | AIR RAGE | 1 |

AirServices Australia grilled over integrity and competency issues

A photo handout of INTAS in use at Melbourne Airport

While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday,  AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 24, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 40 |

Was MH370′s flight south ‘spoofed’ as it really flew north?

Baikonur Cosmodrome, is MH370 buried somewhere in its vastness?

One of the most careful dissenting voices in the MH370 mystery is US science writer Jeff Wise, who has today published a study of tractor work on a patch of earth in Kazakhstan that matches the dimensions of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 23, 2015 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 8 |

Tiny Fiji Airways banks huge profit and rewards employees

A cheerful archive photo of Mr Pichler

Fiji Airways has only seven jets, three A330-200 wide bodies and four single aisle Boeing 737s, but has just shamed its much larger Australian and NZ peer airlines with massive profits and worker bonuses.

BEN SANDILANDS | February 23, 2015 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 12 |

Qantas versus Growth revives aviation-trade policy issues

How about double daily Etihad A380s for Sydney and Melbourne?

Commentary With airline activity continuing to surge in China and the Middle East it might be time to replace the tyranny of distance arguments about Qantas ‘protection’ with a discussion about the tyranny of growth.


AirAsia’s trans Tasman ambitions might be ill timed

Tony Fernandes promoting AirAsia

After the killing of 162 people in an AirAsia crash and the unhappiness caused by the cancellation of AirAsia X Bali flights the group’s founder Tony Fernandes might do the travelling public the courtesy of being careful in his timing of trans Tasman flight plan announcements.


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