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BEN SANDILANDS | November 27, 2014 | ROUTES | 1 |

China Southern’s A380 to make summer return to Sydney

The CZ A380, thoughtfully cropped to make it competitive with large twin engined jets.

China Southern has only five A380s but is recalling one of the them to Sydney to serve peak holiday demand from Friday week 5 December until 26 February on the Guangzhou route.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 27, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 19 |

Is this the Boeing plan for a New Small Airplane?

The MAX 200 edition of the 737-8 to be launched by Ryanair

Airbus could claim the credit for the latest Boeing leak that it will launch in 2018 a new 757-200 sized jet for service in 2024-2025 to counter a version of the A321 (the NEO LR) which might have been in service for six or seven years by the time the US planemaker’s response flies.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 26, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 11 |

AirAsia X founder tweets that he’s resuming London flights

Mount Fuji from the visiting A350-900 on its demo tour. Japan Airlines is also a customer

The founder of the AirAsia low cost carrier franchise and its group CEO, Tony Fernandes, has tweeted that he’s keen to start flying to London.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 26, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 30 |

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

Part of the 3D bathymetic mapping done of potential sea bed search zones

Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have started surfacing in the general media.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 24, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

MH370: Is Australia being taken for a fool?

Crikey’s Insider bulletin today urges Malaysia’s most uncritical supporter, PM Tony Abbott, to call for, or read, the latest intelligence he can summons on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 24, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

How can city metro airports be saved from big box retailers?

An heroic effort is being made today by the Australian Airports Association to give the small or metro airports in the major cities a future.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 23, 2014 | CLASS ACTS | 8 |

Indonesia’s president makes a point about travel classes

How worried must (or mustn’t) Qantas and Virgin Australia be on news that the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, flew economy class between Jakarta and Singapore on Friday?

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 22, 2014 | SPACE | 8 |

Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The new Virgin Galactic home page

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 21, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 14 |

AirAsia X reported to be cutting back Australia flights

There are more signs of distress in the longer haul low cost part of the Australian international air travel market.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 21, 2014 | FLEET DECISIONS | 4 |

Delta could be set to fly new Airbuses to Australia

For an airline which drives hard bargains for ‘run out’ model jets, Delta has broken its recent form by ordering 50 new, indeed, as yet not in service wide-body Airbus models.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 20, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 3 |

What if JetBlue had entered the Australian airline scene?

JetBlue has ‘delighted’ Wall Street but disappointed consumers by giving in to demands to downgrade its generously spacious cabins, cram in more seats, and charge for checked bags.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 19, 2014 | JOINT VENTURES | 5 |

Qantas letter confirms international spin off process underway

A letter to a highly placed union official by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce confirms that the company is in full pursuit of the creation of a new entity to take over its international operations.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 19, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 10 |

Key indicators continue to move in Virgin Australia’s favour

Also released today, is this the best airline poster art of 2014?

As the heat goes out of the apparently dying embers of a capacity war with Qantas, and fuel prices sag to levels no-one in the airline game dared dream about even a few months ago, Virgin Australia is cautiously optimistic about the future.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 19, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Pel-Air and Seaview anniversaries highlight safety failures

The CASA art work which illustrates the Flight Safety article

At a time when the Minister responsible for aviation safety, Warren Truss, appears to be invisible in relation to the shameful Pel-Air crash and its aftermath, it is worth remembering the Seaview disaster of 1994.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 18, 2014 | RAIL | 9 |

Eurostar, like Emirates, promises free wi-fi for all

Eurostar at London St Pancras. There are no really good e320 photos yet.

Coming after a week in which other media carried stories about airline passengers being ‘robbed’ of up to $1200 in an in-flight wi-fi  ‘gotcha’ for going past their paid data allocation there were two good news stories,  from Emirates, the airline, and Eurostar, the high speed rail network.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 18, 2014 | SPACE | 2 |

Airbus lands role in future of US manned space flights

It wasn’t just a 10 year old comet lander that put the European Space Agency in the astro-science spotlight this week but a contract for Airbus Defence and Space to supply an important part of America’s Orion manned spacecraft project.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2014 | JOINT VENTURES | 8 |

Qantas JV with China Eastern will cut out Shanghai hassles

Shanghai (Pudong), about to get easier for Qantas flyers

Wherever else it leads the Qantas joint venture with China Eastern 中国东方航空公司 will make life so much easier for Australians using flying kangaroo services through Shanghai’s main international airport from day one.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 26 |

Why Wellcamp Airport is REALLY important

QantasLink gets a country hose down at Wellcamp

The opening of Wellcamp airport, way ,way ,way to the west of Brisbane today, ought to strike fear into the heart of those who push grossly inflated prices for new transport infrastructure projects in Australia.

Or alternatively, deep envy at a political and public level. 

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