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BEN SANDILANDS | November 27, 2015 | ANTARCTICA | 4 |

Another conventional jet service lands in Antarctica

Another sign that tourism access to Antarctica is becoming more conventional.

This seems to be the southern polar season for new wheeled jet services in Antarctica, with the charter arm of Icelandic starting Boeing 757 operations to the Union Glacier.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 26, 2015 | ANCILLARY CHARGES | 5 |

Air New Zealand will track your unaccompanied kids, for money!

Air travellers are getting used to ancillary charges, especially those who fly ‘full service’ in America, or ‘low cost’ in Australia and much of Asia.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 25, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 4 |

Sharpest deep sea eyes about to open again on MH370 search zones

The giant crane on the new ship will handle a powerful autonomous submersible search device

The sharpest seeing autonomous underwater vehicle available is out of storage and being fitted to a newly chartered ship at a marine centre south of Fremantle as better summer sea states set in over the Southern Indian Ocean search area for MH370.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 25, 2015 | DEALS | 10 |

Alliance does big Fokker deal with Austrian for 21 rare jets

A working outback jet, an Alliance F100

The world market for the Fokker F100 that is widely used for  fly-in fly-out resources industry services in Australia has been tightened if not cornered by Alliance Aviation in a deal announced today to acquire the Austrian Airlines fleet of this type of regional jet.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 25, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Pel-Air 2nd final report now has data, and a stab at a date

The aft section of the ditched jet as seen early this year

The disgraceful saga of the ATSB inquiry into the ditching of a Pel-Air Westwind jet in 2009 now has black box data, and an indication of a date, for its second and forced final inquiry into the accident.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 25, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 9 |

Airbus A320NEO cleared to land planeloads of money

Now ready to unload mega sales dollars, the newly certified A320NEO

In an astonishingly restrained press release, Airbus has announced dual EU-US certification of its A320NEO single aisle money maker in the Pratt & Whitney engined version.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 24, 2015 | SHIPPING NEWS | 11 |

It’s not quite like WWII but Sydney Harbour will look busy tomorrow

Cruise Advice’s banner for its tips for ship spotters

All five ships in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet will gather in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 25 November, which will be more medium sized passenger ships than most Sydneysiders would have seen together at the same time in their harbour in their lives.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 23, 2015 | LOYALTY PROGRAMS | 6 |

Qantas walk for points scheme walks all over the media

The very slick how to spoof Qantas points site that looks like a double spoof

Qantas really took the media for mugs today with its ‘earn points walking’ media release, not that the scheme isn’t without some compelling merits for investors.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 23, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

Two, maybe three things may now help MH370 search

The typical sea state of the South Indian Ocean in the search area

There are a number of reasons to think the search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 may be taking a turn for the better.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 22, 2015 | ANTARCTICA | 1 |

Australia joins Antarctica’s heavy jet club at last

A regular US C-17A takes off from sea ice over five US ski-equipped C-130s at McMurdo Sound

It’s taken an eternity as far as Antarctic exploration is concerned, but Australia today joined the south polar continent’s heavy jet club with a cargo delivery flight from Hobart to its Wilkins Blue Ice Runway using an RAAF C-17.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 21, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

Famous NZ alpine sight seeing flight turns deadly on Fox Glacier

The wreckage wedged in the upper ice fall of the Fox Glacier

The helicopter crash that killed six tourists (two Australian) and their pilot on New Zealand’s Fox Glacier today was making a world famous scenic flight similar to many that take hundreds of people close to the peaks and passes of the country’s southern alps on any fine day.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 20, 2015 | ROUTES | 16 |

Major A380 surge on its way to Australia

An Etihad A380, likely to be seen more in Australia next year

Incoming from next October, up to 28 more Emirates and Etihad A380s arrivals and departures a week at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth gateways.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 20, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 6 |

Scoot piles pressure on Singapore Airlines, but why?

Scoot PR image that shows what you get for a fraction of SingaporeAir’s economy fare

The quality on offer at a premium economy level on SingaporeAir’s low cost brand Scoot keeps being upgraded, no doubt to the delight of consumers and puzzlement of industry observers.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 19, 2015 | SUPERSONIC FLIGHT | 5 |

Airbus backed corporate SST wins firm order

An AS2 breaking every rule known about jet flights over Manhattan

With a new timeline for entry into service and a ‘firm’ order, and support from Airbus, the Aerion AS2 faster than sound corporate jet appears to be edging closer to reality.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 18, 2015 | FUEL COSTS | 5 |

Virgin Australia CEO cautiously optimistic about outlook

John Borghetti sees some good signs in domestic activity

After nobody asked any questions from the floor at today’s Virgin Australia AGM there were nevertheless some interesting insights into how it is travelling at a subsequent media conference.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 18, 2015 | LOYALTY PROGRAMS | 5 |

Consumer trust crisis stalks Qantas, Virgin Australia

Whether they like it or not, Qantas and Virgin Australia may have a growing crisis of trust to deal with among their customers.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2015 | TERRORISM | 10 |

Sinai crash bomb confirmation is bad news for airport owners

Russia’s confirmation that traces of explosive have been found on baggage and debris from the Metrojet A321 that crashed in the Sinai desert is very bad news for privately owned airports as well as airlines. It also implies dissatisfaction with the Egyptian government’s capacity to tell the truth about the disaster that killed 224 people […]

BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 26 |

The ugly side of social media and piloting writ large

On a day when this writer is about to attend a memorial for a friend who died in controversial circumstances in a recent helicopter crash, Flight Safety Australia has published a story about social media trolling that journalists, commentators, and pilots ought to carefully consider.


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