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BEN SANDILANDS | December 22, 2014 | ROUTES | |

Etihad upgrades Melbourne to double daily Abu Dhabi flights

How the Etihad 777-300ER (old livery) will not look for long in Melbourne

To take the contest to Emirates and Qantas from any major city Etihad needs at least a double daily service in its own right, and will double its Melbourne frequency to two 777-300ERs from 1 August.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 22, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Airbus about to deliver first A350, the largest all new jet design for some time

Five A350s in formation during the test, certification and 'look at us' phases!

The A350 is an amazingly quiet giant of a twin-engined jet, whether you are inside or outside of it, and tomorrow Monday here in Toulouse the first production airliner of this type will be delivered to Qatar Airways.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 20, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 18 |

Reopened Pel-Air inquiry could be on slippery slope to ruin

Now, where exactly is that flight data recorder (and why)?

There is rising concern in the aviation sector that the Pel-Air accident investigation re-opening may, like some other recent reforms, be on a slippery slope leading to Australia losing its status, as well as its reputation, in matters of air safety administration.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 19, 2014 | CABINS | 13 |

Etihad unveils its luxury for all strategy in new A380, 787

Etihad's first A380: Airbus photo

Unprecedented luxury fittings in airliners were on show in Abu Dhabi on Thursday when Etihad Airways unveiled its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 18, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

Why there needs to be a discussion about transport infrastructure costs in Australia, whether in airports, rail or roads.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 16, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 5 |

What 55 AirAsiaX A330 NEOs will mean to your backside

Never mind the cost efficiencies. Will our bums fit in them?

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 15, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 37 |

MH370: It was a deliberate act, and it is being lied about

More than nine months since it vanished with at least 239 people and some mystery cargo onboard, there are two things that stand out about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 13, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 45 |

Qantas hasn’t addressed the Joyce failures

Opinion

The essential problem holding back Qantas from capitalising on good fortune with fuel and capacity restraint, and a rediscovered focus on its full service operations, is Jetstar and the group CEO Alan Joyce.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 12, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 6 |

Qantas mangement flattened, but Andrew David stands tall

Among the many interesting aspects of this afternon’s great flattening of the Qantas executive team, Andrew David stands out as the astute airline manager who grows larger every time the spear lands close to him.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 12, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 12 |

Airbus reaffirms A380 future, Boeing nixes 757 replacement

The Airbus Investor Days meeting that gave rise to stories saying that the A380 might be dropped  has seen the future of the world’s largest passenger aircraft reaffirmed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 12, 2014 | FUEL COSTS | 8 |

Oil drops below $US60 barrel and airlines face good news crisis

The good news about benchmark US oil prices falling below $60 a barrel this morning comes with the bad news that Qantas and Virgin Australia are going to have to break to their customers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 12, 2014 | ROUTES | 2 |

Air NZ’s newest Pacific Rim destination is Buenos Aires

It didn’t take long for Air New Zealand to name its next route after its CEO Christopher Luxon said, inter alia, who cares about end of the line when we are at a focal point for the Pacific Rim.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 11, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 19 |

Airbus A380 future put on line just as Qatar postpones A350

If Airbus surrenders its costly and apparently premature grip on the very large plane sector, it will flourish as soon as it retreats, and be filled by its US competitor.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 13 |

Jetstar’s vomit smelling jet adds to Qantas turnback focus

Thongs, spilled chips, dirty jets and routine mechanical delays. Its been a rough day on social media for Qantas and Jetstar

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

ABC credibility falls out of the sky over 4th Qantas incident

ABC News is this morning claiming the return of a Qantas 717 to Hobart because of a warning light is a fourth unscheduled landing of one of its flights in 48 hours.

This is ignorant reporting.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 09, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 3 |

Scoot to start Melbourne-Singapore 787s next November

Singapore Airlines’ owned Scoot will start flying between Singapore and Melbourne five times a week from 1 November next year.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 09, 2014 | ROUTES | 3 |

Qantas to bring full service flights to Brisbane-Narita

After five years of nonsense about Jetstar being the answer for Queensland to Japan flights Qantas is bringing its full service brand flights to the Brisbane-Tokyo Narita route four times a week from August next year.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 09, 2014 | MEDIA RELATIONS | 8 |

Qantas finds money can’t buy love at Fairfax

It would be fair to say that relations between the independent media and Qantas have lost altitude recently, underlined by this report in The Australian about the airline pulling its ads and paper purchases from Fairfax.

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