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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Report from the front line on BA’s war (?) on big people

It’s less than a day since this reporter saw at least four very large passengers some of whom might have been your typical average American adults suffer a flight in British Airways’ new Club Europe cabin on an A319 flying from London Heathrow to Toulouse.

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Things look grim and brutal for ‘new’ Malaysia Airlines

Despite the disasters of MH370 and MH17 and the 537 people killed in them, Australia needs competitive non-stop flights to Malaysia for a whole range of very good reasons.

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MH370 non-recovery of remains, and other clues, has to be a joke

The ground work is being laid for what appears to be the ultimate betrayal of the next of kin of those lost on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the non recovery of bodies and other potentially vital clues.

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Foreign jets on domestic Australian routes has a bizarre past

Whatever the ideological enthusiasm for foreign airlines being free to serve Australian domestic routes,  such flights have a  bizarre past, and could be spurned by the non-Australian carriers that keep growing at the expense of Qantas today.

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MH370 search part 2 nears end but is the answer in KL not Indian Ocean

What needs to be kept in mind as the second phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 enters its final days?

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SingaporeAir poses some premium questions with new seats

It looks like everything economy class used to be before it was ruined by bean counters and high density seating

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Airbus flies its alternative new tech engine on A320 NEO

The contest for the richest game in jet making, the single aisle market, took another step overnight with Airbus flying the new tech CFM International LEAP-IA engine on an A320 NEO test aircraft for the first time.

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More evidence of MH370 causing mass inattention, gullibility in society

OK. I’ll crack. After more than a day of pestering by nut jobs, conspiracy theorists and even that rarest of species, other reporters in paid employment, about the guy who hacked the movies menu in a jet to make it fly sideways, I’ll offer a considered review of the claims. They are rubbish.

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Anti-ME airline claims by US majors grow louder, what if they win?

Let’s consider the possible consequences if the major US airlines, American, Delta and United, succeed in restricting if not reversing the expansion of the major middle east carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

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Pel-Air crash victim wins right to compensation for PTSD

Karen Casey, the nurse who was seriously injured in the Pel-Air crash near Norfolk Island in 2009, has won the right to damages from the air operator for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Airbus brain game: Can drones keep birds away from airports?

Birds are a major threat the safety of flight at airports, and a Tokyo student team has proposed using drones the way farmers use dogs to control sheep, and herd them away from approaching jets.

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MH370 search finds mystery shipwreck

As southern winter conditions compromise southern Indian Ocean searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 a mystery shipwreck has been found on the sea bed.

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All doubts are off, Swiss will launch Canada’s CSeries jet

Lufthansa Group has overcome an attack of cold feet over Bombardier’s all new CSeries 100 regional jet airliner, and will become the first to put it into service in the first half of next year through its Swiss subsidiary.

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Govt lunacy and vandalism comes to Sydney’s railways

The prolonged and childish destruction of the functionality of the Epping to Chatswood rail link is only just sinking in for Sydney commuters, while the asset sale supposed to fund a second (actually third) harbour train crossing is being undermined by advances in renewable energy technology.

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Mars Rover Curiosity goes scenic mountain climbing

The views from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity have become even more dramatic as it climbs higher up the side of Mt Sharp in Gale Crater. And the questions as to what it is seeing are becoming more intriguing by the metre.

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Boeing’s LEAP of faith in its 737 MAX line takes to the air

The French-American LEAP-1B engine which is crucial to the operational success of Boeing’s  forthcoming 737 MAX family took to the air today on a 747 test platform operated by the GE Aviation Flight Test division at Victorville, California.

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Emirates makes $US 1.5 billion, despite runway, currency woes

Geography, technology, capital and a powerful brand have earned Emirates its second highest annual profit of $US 1.5 billion in its 27th consecutive yearly profit for the 12 months to 31 March.

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French investigators help expunge Germanwings pilot’s name

Commentary  The only good thing that stands out in the interim accident report into the Germanwings crash is that the French investigators do not name the miserable wretch who slaughtered the 149 people onboard  the A320 he flew at high speed into the base of a mountain in southern France on 24 March.

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