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BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Airbus goes upwardly Mobile with its A321NEO

There is a major new contest taking shape between Airbus and Boeing for what is sometimes labelled the 757 replacement market, but which involves a much broader struggle for airliner leadership in the 2020s.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2014 | SEATING | 6 |

There is a humorist in hiding in Southwest Airlines

Southwest, the famous, durable, inexpensive and ‘folksy’ low fare American carrier, has been copping much criticism in US media and forums in recent times for its more straight laced, less ‘friendly’ style, and often no longer competitive air fares.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 6 |

Emirates takes 100th Boeing 777-300ER, read it and weep

Never mind the weather, Emirates 100th 773ER gets a Seattle send off: Boeing photo

The delivery of the 100th Emirates 773ER is a painful spectacle for Qantas watchers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 29, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Polar poker: China plays its ace in Australian Antarctica

India's Bharati base, Larsemann Hills: ADD photo by Sandra Potter

China’s announcement that it will build an airstrip a comparatively short distance from Australia’s Davis station will make it the dominant air power in this country’s large territorial claim in Antarctica by the end of this decade.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 28, 2014 | ENGINE TECH | 10 |

Rolls-Royce’s big play for the future of jet engines takes wing

Imagine what four of these would do to a 747!

It could be the next big thing, flying on the last big thing.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 28, 2014 | ROUTES | 22 |

Dreamliner goes to new length with United’s 787-9 MEL debut

United's 787-9 on final approach to MEL: Gordon Reid

The arrival this morning of the inaugural United Airlines 787-9 service to Melbourne from Los Angeles sets a new distance record for Boeing’s Dreamliners.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 27, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 9 |

Indonesian AirAsia X launches a Bali blow

One of the AirAsia X city art Airbus A330-300s.

AirAsia X’s new Indonesia franchise will make Bali-Melbourne one of its launch routes this Boxing Day, 26 December with five weekly flights using the same 377 seat format already found on its other longer haul A330-300 services.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 25, 2014 | HISTORY | 5 |

The stormy night an Australian town rescued an airliner

It’s the night of the Uiver again in bordertown Albury tonight, commemorating one of the great historic rescue stories of early civil aviation

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 24, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 35 |

Qantas responds to Xenophon questions at investor meeting

Q and A at the AGM. Better than before, but over too soon

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford and its group CEO Alan Joyce have described what critics claim are ‘selective’ briefings to financial analysts and institutional investors as ‘clarification’ and one on one Q and A sessions.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 24, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 4 |

Joyce: Qantas is now in underlying state of profitability

A tiny window on the Qantas AGM in Melbourne

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce has told the no-media-questions AGM that it has made a profit on an underlying basis in the first quarter of this financial year, and is on track to continue that profitability through to the first half results to 31 December.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 24, 2014 | TRAFFIC STATS | |

Qantas files improved traffic+yield stats before AGM

In a curtain raiser for this morning’s AGM in Melbourne, Qantas traffic filings for the month, as well as year to September, show a general improvement in yields and load factors.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 23, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 2 |

Qantas media blackout to be broken by shareholder Xenophon?

Even if Qantas tries to ignore shareholder Xenophon tomorrow, his publishing his queries in advance means there will be no shortage of punters ready to ask them for him.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 23, 2014 | CRIME | 11 |

AirServices CEO queried over knowledge of Crimes Act

Early this week during Senate Estimates hearings the CEO of AirServices Australia, Margaret Staib, was questioned as to why she didn’t refer a manager who stole up to $20,000 from the Commonwealth to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 23, 2014 | ROUTES | 6 |

There has to be more to Virgin’s Alice-Darwin ambitions

Virgin Australia has announced three times weekly 737 flights between Alice Spring and Darwin from the end of March. QantasLink flies the route now 14 times a week. What are we missing?

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 22, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

MH370 and more hypocritical nonsense from the ATSB chief

On board a ship with fools at another gutless, witless bit of PR theatre over the search for MH370

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 22, 2014 | CORPORATE AIRCRAFT | 10 |

Airbus gives enemies of the PM’s BBJs another solution

Inside a Summit configured A332. Better decor could be chosen

The two aging Australian Government VIP Boeing BBJs (using a 737-700 airframe) were never comfortably outfitted for the Howard Government that bought them in the 90s and have their detractors among politicians and the parliamentary press gallery.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 21, 2014 | HISTORY | 19 |

Cathay Pacific’s 40 years Sydney link beat the odds

Cathay Pacific A330 arriving at Sydney Airport 40 years on

No-one who knew the early Cathay Pacific would have foreseen 40 years unbroken non-stop flying between Hong Kong and Sydney since this day in 1974.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 21, 2014 | CABINS | 3 |

New Qantas suites for A330 business flyers hard to leave?

Another make-most-of-us-envious premium airline product story, this time from Qantas, and even between Melbourne and Sydney

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