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BEN SANDILANDS | August 02, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 2 |

Qantas stops Iraq overflights

On 28 July we asked how long would it take for Qantas to discontinue its overflights of Iraq while its partner Emirates considered them too unsafe?

The answer is five and a half days.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 01, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 5 |

Unofficial: Regional Airbus A330s to be assembled in China

Globalisation becomes less about lowering costs and more about nailing down sales in massive emerging markets

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 01, 2014 | HEALTH RISKS | 4 |

Ebola outbreak could cause rapid flight and border closures

The interactive Ebola timeline posted by ABC News, link at bottom of page

The Ebola virus outbreak in parts of Africa is a terrible tragedy that has the potential to cause rapid and cascading border closures right around the world.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | |

MH370 next phase progress statement merits very close study

These are extraodinary times in the Australian media, in that press freedom in this country has been suppressed in relation to a fobidden topic while the Asian media, particularly in some countries has been naming names and informing their readers of a scandal of considerable magnitude.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2014 | CABINS | 6 |

Qantas adds extra seats to 737s, but also better IFE

The only worrying thought about the new Qantas 737s with more seats and ‘more efficient use’ of toilet space, is that we might wet our pants in the queue.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2014 | RAIL | 30 |

Rail lunacy in Sydney goes beyond botched Opal card

Sydney's Opal card, the badge of bureaucratic stupidity: Commons image

Commentary  Bureacratic and ideologically driven madness is the natural enemy of good people in public office, and the hard working NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, could be said to be much more the victim rather than cause of the so called Opal smart card for commuters disaster in Sydney.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

War zone flights meeting puts safety onus back on airlines

Carriers like Malaysia Airlines, or Lufthansa, or KLM, that think they can fly where someone else tells them it is safe to do so have been rebuffed on the sidelines of a industry crisis meeting in Canada called to consider the MH17 shoot down.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 11 |

Malaysia Airlines kept apart from Tiger at Adelaide Airport

Malaysia Airlines at Adelaide: Wiki Commons photo

An incident involving Malaysia Airlines and Tigerair Australia at Adelaide Airport yesterday underlines the importance of a vigilant tower when an airline, in this case a local low cost carrier, stuffs up.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 29, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 21 |

Black box reports ‘confirm’ missile strike on MH17

Updated  It has taken a day longer than most observers expected for reports as to what was learned from MH17′s ‘black box’ flight recorders to leak out, and it is no surprise that they are claimed to confirm that Malaysia Airlines 777 and the 298 people on board were brought down by a missile warhead explosion.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 28, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 62 |

Qantas to fly where Emirates fears to go, but for how long?

It isn’t clear for how long Emirates and Qantas will be saying different things about the missile risk over Iraq, but for the time being Qantas is going to fly where its business partner fears to go, right across territory contested by the ISIS insurgency.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 28, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 30 |

MH17 Admissions of safety failure by Malaysia Airlines?

The MH17 victims memorial at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Malaysia Airlines’ airline’s commercial director, Hugh Dunleavy, is reported to have made a series of comments about the MH17 shoot down which might cause dismay among industry observers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 27, 2014 | SPACE | 1 |

Satellites duck one comet, while another looks like a Duck

High over southern hemisphere winter skies this last week the stage was set for two astonishing encounters with comets.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 26, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 9 |

Turkish wrestle over future of 747-8 makes headlines again

Lufthansa's 747-8 Intercontinental is one of flight's limited edition experiences

Turkish Airlines might just rescue the slow selling 747-8 Intercontinental from a production shutdown of what is the last and largest passenger version of the iconic wide body airliner. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 25, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

Crashes in Mali and Taiwan make it two bad days for air travel

A SwiftAir MD83 similar to the one operating the Air Algerie flight: social media

Updated Wreckage located in Mali desert  The SwiftAir MD83 which has crashed on its way from  from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board is one of two used for UN Humanitarian Air Services charters in some of Africa’s most troubled and disadvantaged regions.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 24, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 25 |

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 | 4 |

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 | 13 |

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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