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BEN SANDILANDS | August 21, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 7 |

Qantas! Do we want cat videos or speculation?

The weeks before Qantas reports financial results are usually a news vacuum which sucks in speculation, and this year’s preliminary full year results announcement on 28 August is no exception to the rule.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 20, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 2 |

CSeries sackings reflect public relations realities

When you screw up, you get rid of those media and industry relations figures who will get grilled over their prior delivery of dubious or failed guidance.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 20, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 17 |

China’s Comac 919 reveals the tip of a mystery

There have been many dismissive and patronising western media stories about the c919. They will all end up on the wrong side of history.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 19, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 12 |

Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

The Traveling Man, and a Green Line Dallas tram: Wiki Commons photo

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50!

It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership rail links to Australian airports might need some work.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 19, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 12 |

Huh! Truss says 2nd Sydney Airport won’t grow all that much

Incredulity

Anyone familiar with the history of trade negotiations and air traffic treaties in Australia would wonder why someone who would know those processes as well as the National Party leader and deputy PM Warren Truss said what he was reported as saying about Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek yesterday.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 18, 2014 | CUSTOMER RELATIONS | 19 |

Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Lined up and on time, Qantas domestic flights at Sydney: Qantas photo

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 18, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 6 |

Clock to start soon on 2nd Sydney Airport monopoly rort talks

Will Sydney Airport exercise its right to screw the city by controlling its second airport? The clock on a screw-non screw decision starts ticking in the official consultative process on 30 September

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 16, 2014 | SPACE | 4 |

Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

The cosmic dumbell of the two lobes of Churyumov-Gerasimenko: ESA image

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 16, 2014 | HEALTH RISKS | 8 |

Ebola virus crisis accelerates, and will affect air travel

Follow the links in this post to understand this crisis

It’s time for airlines and travellers to accept the realities of the outbreak of the ebola virus and its implications for society which could make disrupted travel plans seem the least of the world’s concerns.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 14, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 1 |

MH17 preliminary report due first week of September

The Netherlands investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July will be released in the first week of September.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 14, 2014 | ROUTES | 10 |

Another route less travelled for those going to San Francisco

This isn’t a short cut to San Francisco. It’s a rat race by-pass

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 13, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 22 |

Etihad is no fan of low cost airline subsidiaries!

Etihad CEO James Hogan, a full service full profits advocate: Etihad photo

No doubt the managerial cadres at Virgin Australia, and whoever is really running the show at Qantas, would find the recent reported comments of Etihad CEO, James Hogan, at a media event in India of some interest.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 12, 2014 | TOURISM | 11 |

Australian tourism, costly, unreliable, yet real good

There is a thoughtful but critical overview of Australian tourism in Arab News that is worth reading for the attention that it gives to policy issues that work against leisure travel making as big a contribution to the national economy as it could.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 11, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 2 |

AirAsia’s business friendly flex deal adds to Malaysia Airlines woes

Today’s official launching of Air Asia’s Premium Flex deal could be seen as a brutal reminder to the renationalised Malaysia Airlines that its home grown rival isn’t cutting it any slack as it goes after its most valuable business customers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 11, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 16 |

Tigerair forces Sydney Airport to reverse its terminal decline

Tigerair forces Sydney Airport to do some heavy lifting: Photo by James Morgan

Sydney Airport has blinked after Tigerair sought relief from its inaction over improved access to the T2 domestic terminal shared with its major stakeholder Virgin Australia and low cost carrier competitor Jetstar.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 09, 2014 | ROUTES | 12 |

Etihad Alitalia deal means many roads will lead again to Rome

All roads lead here, to the Forum Romanum: Wiki Commons

The significance of the (all but totally) completed deal by which Etihad invests massively in a revitalised Alitalia should become apparent to Australian travellers in the latter half of next year.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 09, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 31 |

Why did Qantas persist with Iraq overflights for so long?

Recent map of ISIS controlled areas (red) or claimed (lighter red) courtesy BBC

Serious questions remain unanswered about the inability of Qantas to take on board security advice from its business partner Emirates when the latter announced on 28 July its intention to cease Iraq overflights which crossed ISIS contested regions of that country.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 08, 2014 | STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS | 2 |

Malaysia Airlines to be nationalised, then rationalised rather than privatised

The ‘privatisation’ of Malaysia Airlines is a temporary renationalisation, aimed at deep restructuring and relaunching according to a financial strategy expected to involve returning it to publicly listed status

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