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BEN SANDILANDS | August 30, 2014 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 5 |

Malaysia Airlines restructure plan hits raw nerves in Australia

Opinion  The arguments, mainly promoted by organised labour and political figures in Australia, that government intervention is necessary in Qantas, took hits this week from two sources. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | CABINS | 4 |

Virgin Australia to ‘obsolete’ new Qantas A330 business class

Coming a year early, a Virgin Australia 737-8 MAX: Boeing graphic

Virgin Australia had surprises for both major competitor Qantas and major shareholder Air New Zealand today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 8 |

Virgin Australia posts record $355.6 million loss

Virgin Australia’s statutory loss of $356 million after tax is higher than market speculation. The underlying loss before tax of $211.7 million appears to be where analysts expected it to be, plus or minus a few million.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 4 |

MH370 Investigators ping media about important phone call

There are two possible reasons why a satellite phone on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn’t respond to calls from frantic airline officials after it went missing on 8 March.

One would be that a conscious decision was made not to take the call, and the other, that there was no one near it who was physically able to answer it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 4 |

Qantas: A massive loss creats a massive share punt

The frozen Jetstar in Asia footprint: From the Qantas FY14 filings

Investors had two Qantas activities to consider today. The one that flies passengers and continues to do a very poor job of it in terms of returns, and the one that pumps ‘optionality’ in offering new stock structures for its domestic and international arms.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 43 |

Qantas loss $2.843 billion, live blog

Qantas has just reported a statutory loss after tax of $2.843 billion dollars and an underlying loss after tax of $646 million for the year to 30 June.

The loss far exceeds market expectations, and was primarily driven by a massive write down in the value of the international fleet.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | EXTRAVAGANCE | 3 |

Etihad announces the return of the $50,000* London fare!

Etihad’s over the top $43,000 London flights take us back to similar equivalent fares for kangaroo route flights post WWII

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | SEATING | 9 |

As predicted Knee Defenders turn flight into fight

The main problem of the Knee Defender is the confrontational ‘courtesy card’ thoughtfully provided for you to serve on the passenger seated in front of you, telling him or her that you are taking control.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 27, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

MH370 Two very ugly scenarios get some detailed attention

Two detailed, reasonable, and deeply disturbing hypothetical scenarios seeking to explain the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been posted by Jeff Wise, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and the author of Extreme Fear.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 27, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 24 |

Air NZ posts strong profits as curtain raiser to Qantas, Virgin losses

Fittingly, an All Black (ink) Air NZ A320: Wiki Commons photo

As a curtain raiser to a dismal two days of Qantas and Virgin Australia losses to finish off this last week of the financial year reporting season, Air NZ’s strong $NZ262 million net profit announced in Auckland this morning is a lot of salt to sprinkle over the wounds of the Australian carriers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | INFLIGHT WI-FI | 3 |

Confessions of an in-flight phone offender

Now that it’s safe to come out, read about a serial phone rule ‘overlooker’ on Crikey’s always surprising subscriber Insider here.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | HELIPADS | 3 |

Sydney hi-rise helipad merits rational safety study

A PR graphic of the new Sofitel branded hotel for Darling Harbour

There will almost certainly be strong views expressed about the pros and cons of allowing a helipad to be built atop a major new Darling Harbour hotel in Sydney as proposed earlier today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 17 |

Those Qantas 747SPs. Did they ever cruise at 45,000 feet?

Just how high did Qantas fly its Boeing 747SPs?

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | ROUTES | 4 |

Qantas navigates China sensitivities in Taiwan code share

China Airlines A330-300: Wiki Commons photo

Qantas is to fly, courtesy of a code share, to Taiwan, where in the past to stay on the right side of China, it had to invent a special Australia Asia Airlines entity.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 25, 2014 | INFLIGHT WI-FI | 4 |

Flying with phones, tablets could be too cutting edge

Update: Qantas and Virgin Australia were given approval late today to allow conditional use by passengers of portable electronic devices gate to gate from tomorrow, Tuesday 26 August 

Recently on an Air France A320 I noticed what looked like a purpose fitted soft cushion had been placed around the sharp edge of the start of the overhead bins just where passengers turn right to find their torture tubes.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 25, 2014 | SEATING | 8 |

Did British Airways just ruin breakfast at Qantas and Virgin?

BA's next business class seat? Image courtesy Australian Business Traveller

Imagine the angst in airline managements all around the world this morning. British Airways has come up with a new evolution of business class seating that makes everything else look second if not third rate.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 23, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 8 |

Why Jetstar Hong Kong should have been approved two years ago

Once was a Jetstar HK A320: Commons photo

Scenario  Consider the contrary proposition, that Jetstar Hong Kong should have been ‘embraced’ by the SAR’s authorities and its prime opponent, Cathay Pacific, two years ago.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 22, 2014 | ROUTES | 17 |

Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

The largest, fastest climbing and most spacious trans Pacific jet: Qantas A380 image

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

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