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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Tigerair Mandala doubts cast shadow over Asia LCCs

While idle fleets of newly delivered Jetstar A320s burn holes costing millions of dollars a month in the Qantas accounts, the competing Tigerair franchise in Asia is in a similar crisis in Indonesia.

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MH370 Targeted sea floor search passes halfway mark

The Australian coordinated multinational effort to find missing flight MH370 has of this morning passed the halfway mark for its original targeted sea floor search.

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MH370 Frustration sets in, as best guess yields nothing yet

Several days ago, according to a source, one person with expert insight into the analysis being carried out, said as an aside “It’s in the Himalayas.”

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Is this the end for comfort in A380s, and other ‘roomy’ all new jets?

Like Boeing with the 787, Airbus has made heroic efforts to sell its A380s and now the A350s with new standards of passenger space and amenity. But it’s all over isn’t it?

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MH370 Definitely headed to a deeper new search?

Reading between the lines, and in the absence of a discovery of debris floating on the sea surface, or at rest deep under it, the search for missing flight MH370 seems likely to be changed in the near future.

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Virgin Australia’s leg breaker ATR now ATSB tail breaker

There are some peculiar matters to note about the misfortunes of a 68 passenger Virgin Australia region ATR72 turbo-prop in February.

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MH370 Initial sea floor search will be faster than previously reported

In its latest update the Australian coordinated sea floor search for missing flight MH370 says that the initial search area may be mapped relatively quickly.

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Badgerys Creek: How it can make huge sums for airlines

The Coalition government’s description of Badgerys Creek beginning as a modest western Sydney airport may be rapidly overtaken by the much more lucrative ambitions of the airlines that want to use it.

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Badgerys Creek roads to cost more than stage 1 of 2nd Sydney Airport

Somewhat overshadowed by the resignation of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced $2.9 billion in new road works over eight years to improve access to the $2.5 billion estimated cost of the first stage of a second Sydney Airport at the Commonwealth owned Badgerys Creek site.

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Hawaiian proposed safety penalty sets example for Australia

America’s FAA- its safety regulator and equivalent of Australia’s CASA- has proposed a fine of $US 547,500 be paid by Hawaiian Airlines for among other things ignoring advice that one of its 767-300s did not comply with an airworthiness directive by flying it a further 14 times after its record keeping error was discovered.

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Badgerys Creek: A modest start and no forced flight transfers

Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek will start out as a single runway facility with a modest terminal, but no curfew, and no forced tranfers of flights there from existing services to the main Kingsford Smith airport.

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MH370 Robot submersible dives too deep, comes back early

In what is believed to have been a safe but aborted first mission, the Bluefin-21 submersible exceeded its 4500 metre depth limit and returned back to its support ship Ocean Shield early.

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Australia seeks to sell Emirates what Qantas gave it for free!

Someone needs to remind Andrew Robb, the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, that Qantas gave Emirates everything it could possibly want for free, before he tries to sell part of it in talks in Dubai later this week.

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Badgerys Creek to be named 2nd Sydney Airport today (again)

In a universal exclusive the papers are announcing that Cabinet will today agree that Badgerys Creek will be the site of a 2nd Sydney Airport. This time they may be right.

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MH370 Autonomous submersible to dive ASAP on best guess site

After six days with no fresh suspected signals from missing flight MH370′s black boxes the autonomous submersible Bluefin-21 is being dived as soon as possible from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield  onto a tightly calculated 40 square kms section of the Indian Ocean sea floor.

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