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Virgins and Kiwis

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 2010

Today's terse ASX announcements that Virgin Blue and Air NZ have been in discussions for several months over a potential trans Tasman alliance suggests both want one ve

Australia's oldest Cessna flies on

Australia's oldest Cessna flies on

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20101 Comment

The first Cessna to fly in Australia, and now one of the rarest light aircraft in the world, a Cessna C34 Airmaster, is to be flown-very carefully and on special occasions-

Qantas goes mobile for check-in country wide

Qantas goes mobile for check-in country wide

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20102 Comments

Qantas has hit the front in the race to deploy 2D barcode check-in services for web enabled smart phones, announcing that the service is now available just about everywhere except T2 at

How to stuff an A380-by Lufthansa

How to stuff an A380-by Lufthansa

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 201014 Comments

The Lufthansa A380, due for delivery to the carrier on May 19, seems to reflect the race for the bottom among European carriers. The lower deck of their A380 is all economy seati

Greens risk their own votes in call for a Very Fast Train

Greens risk their own votes in call for a Very Fast Train

Ben SandilandsApr 25, 201017 Comments

In political terms, Senator Bob Brown's call for a new study on a VFT or

More words and images about Russian aviation

More words and images about Russian aviation

Ben SandilandsApr 25, 20104 Comments

In almost 600 posts on Plane Talking nothing has generated as much discussion in individual articles as Russian aviation, whether the

In defence of plane spotters, a.k.a. 'anoraks'

In defence of plane spotters, a.k.a. 'anoraks'

Ben SandilandsApr 24, 20106 Comments

Among the dumber mindsets in matters concerning security at airports there has been a crack down on photography in general and plane spotters in particular. The situation is not

Snapshots of a very cold Boeing 787

Snapshots of a very cold Boeing 787

Ben SandilandsApr 24, 20101 Comment

The iJet age begins

Ben SandilandsApr 22, 20103 Comments

There will be four very different forms of ‘smart’ check-in procedures in domestic air travel by the end of this year. The first of them, the Virgin Blue ‘Check-Mate’ system,

Post-volcanic random acts of kindness break out

Ben SandilandsApr 22, 20108 Comments

Sydney Airport is refunding the additional parking charges incurred by passengers and air crew who have been delayed overseas by the European volcanic ash crisis and also refunding or

Now that the volcanic ash is clearing...we see rip offs

Now that the volcanic ash is clearing...we see rip offs

Ben SandilandsApr 21, 20102 Comments

Now that the volcanic dust is clearing over London you can see…rip off airfares! But not if you read The Age or Sydney Morning Herald. Both p

Flights resume, and the fighting breaks out

Ben SandilandsApr 21, 20102 Comments

Qantas has followed the other major kangaroo route carriers this afternoon and announced a resumption of services from London to Australia later today and the start of flights to London

Airbus takes on the Euro dust crisis and wins

Ben SandilandsApr 20, 20103 Comments

The results from the flights of an Airbus A380 and A340-600 throu

What Avalon Airport is telling Sydney

What Avalon Airport is telling Sydney

Ben SandilandsApr 19, 20109 Comments

Tiger's confirmation of a deal with Avalon Airport

The ash cloud costs soar for passengers and airlines

The ash cloud costs soar for passengers and airlines

Ben SandilandsApr 19, 20103 Comments

Emirates has put a cost of $10 million a day on the volcanic ash crisis, Singapore Airlines says it is too busy looking after passengers to start counting, and Qantas agrees. This is

Word from the trenches in the low cost airline fare war

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 20106 Comments

While discussing matters volcanic with a Hong Kong analyst he mentioned that Jetstar Asia had filed late last week its financials for the 15 months to June 30, 2009. The salient figu

More signs for the desperate and flightless

More signs for the desperate and flightless

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 20101 Comment

Until last Thursday, when the ash cloud swept over the UK and parts of Europe, the mark of a successful airline was high load factors in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

The ash crisis and the stranded and restless

The ash crisis and the stranded and restless

Ben SandilandsApr 16, 2010

The volcanic ash crisis is now well into its next stage, which is how to cope with the stranded and restless. Qantas and other carriers are telling those trying to fly to intermediat