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BEN SANDILANDS | July 24, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 3 |

Are we in for five weeks of Qantas-woe-is-us reporting?

Commentary  The possibility that Qantas is as inept at PR strategy as it is in running its airline activities is underlined by more news reports and proprietary financial analysis anticipating massive losses when it reveals its year to 30 June financials, both underlying and statutory, on 28 August.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 24, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 3 |

Cone of silence drops over Tigerair Australia losses

Tigerair @ Tullamarine: photo by James Morgan

In Singapore, the Tiger Airways Holdings company has flagged shifts away from some elements of the low cost airline model. However as far as Australia is concerned, it has also dropped a cone of silence over losses in Virgin’s 60 percent owned Tigerair franchise.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 24, 2014 | ALLIANCES | 1 |

Etihad to Jet (Airways) from Australia to India

Jet Airways 777-300ER at SFO: Wiki Commons photo

Etihad as 24 percent owner of Jet Airways says the India flag carrier will make routes to Australia one of its focuses in a three year plan to bring the airline to profitability.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 23, 2014 | ROUTES | 9 |

Virgin Australia drops MEL-LAX, goes daily BNE-LAX

Sydney Airport (Wiki). How to stuff your flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles

By coincidence or not, Virgin Australia will drop its 777-300ER Melbourne to Los Angeles flights from 25 October just four days before United launches non-stops on the route with 787-9 Dreamliners.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 23, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 11 |

MH370 Does this video hold the key to the mystery?

The silence from Boeing and safety regulators about a troubling security hole in Boeing 777s is of concern.

It existed on the 777 that mysteriously disappeared while operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on 8 March.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 23, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 23 |

Qantas doing the splits again, peculiar pre loss stories begin

The use of the media to soften up the public, the shareholders and the employees in advance of bad financial results is a well established PR technique. In the case of the Qantas full year results, due 28 August, the informed speculation season is open!

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 23, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 6 |

Hawaiian rolls over, cancels A350-800 for A330-800neos

Airbus graphic of the A330-800neo, launched at recent Farnborough Air Show

The last obstacle to Airbus shelving its -800 ultra long range smaller capacity version of the A350 family appears to have been overcome with Hawaiian Airlines converting its order for the unwanted variant to six of the newly launched A330-800neo type.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 23, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | |

Israel flights grounded after rocket attack on key airport

Unlike the situation in Ukraine, it has only taken one rocket which landed near Israel’s gateway Ben Gurion Airport at Tel Aviv  to shut down foreign carrier flights to and from Israel.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 22, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH17 Rebuild confidence pledge may be poorly timed

At a time when the media is full of confronting images from the MH17 disaster scene in east Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines has today issued statements that could reflect very poorly on the competency and judgement of its management.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 22, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 18 |

MH17 UN resolution is some comfort for bereaved, none for regulators

Scorched fields, aircraft parts as seen by Digital Globe co satellite

The fields of horror in eastern Ukraine where MH17 fell to earth will now give up their secrets to an impartial investigation, and those who lost their loved ones may receive their mortal remains.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 21, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 12 |

MH17 Documents show airlines using Ukraine routes were warned

Although they have already been widely circulated on technical and closed user forums there are documents that show that airlines that continued to use Ukraine airspace for overflights until the MH17 atrocity caused their closure were given specific and unambiguous warnings which they chose to ignore or discount.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 21, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 10 |

MH17: Why Malaysia Airlines must be confident about Syria safety

Optimum and actual Malaysia 4 A380 routes yesterday:Flightradar24 capture

This isn’t new, as a practice, but Flightradar24 shows the extent of Malaysia Airlines’ confidence in the aviation friendly nature of the Syrian conflict.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 21, 2014 | SPACE | 18 |

On this day, 45 years ago, we walked on the moon

On the other side of the dateline, it was on this day 45 years ago that our species first stepped onto the moon. It’s a memory that makes a break from the madness and anger of today’s news.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 20, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 14 |

MH17 Ukraine made serious money from airline overflights

The exact sums have not been publicly established, but Ukraine had tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake from flights that used its air space to save time and fuel and other operating costs while flying between Asia and Europe.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 20, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

MH17 More Malaysia finger pointing at ICAO re flight path

Malaysia’s transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, has again blamed Eurocontrol and ICAO for flight MH17 being flown over the heart of a disputed zone in eastern Ukraine where it was shot down by a surface to air missile last Thursday, 17 July.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 19, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 43 |

MH17 Who sent it over the middle of the worst hostilities?

MH 17 on 17 July. Right over the thick of it. Who decided?

Why did Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fly much further north than usual, to the area where it was shot down, than it had during the previous six days?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 34 |

MH17 Malaysia’s transport minister ducks obvious questions

The jet that was shot down, a 777-200ER identical to the one lost flying MH370: Commons photo

In his first major media conference since the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 the new transport minister Liow Tiong Lai avoided answering persistent queries as to the airline’s decision to use the flight corridor that crossed  a war zone in eastern Ukraine.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 35 |

MH17 How could airlines, ATC be so ignorant and negligent?

Commentary  The truth about the destruction of MH17 has come out far faster than the baffling and totally unrelated mystery of the disappearance of MH370 on 8 March.

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