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Articles by Ben Sandilands

In terms of photos, airliner certification is changed forever

There was more to the formation flight of five A350s over France yesterday than met the eye. This was about the approaching end of the jet age, and the radical machines that will (or must) follow

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Qantas: Is it finding its way back?

More Qantas, less Jetstar, goodbye London? hullo (more of) America? Major changes in strategy at Qantas are becoming apparent

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Qantas A380s DFW-SYD could open competing US routes

With its A380s now serving Dallas non-stop both ways, Qantas hasn’t just done what has been urged on it for years, but could cause a large competitive focus on new routes to America

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Etihad 787-9 follows A380 from paint shop to seat shop

Airbus and Boeing prefer not to talk about their latest airliners complementing each other in fleet decisions, but that isn’t stopping Etihad making such a point with its first A380 on Thursday last week and its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner over the weekend.

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Macquarie unit buys 40 CSeries 300s in boost for troubled jet

Although it flies under the radar in terms of media coverage Macquarie Air Finance, based in Ireland, has just given the ambitious but troubled Canadian CSeries regional jet program a huge boost.

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Etihad CEO explains how the halo effect is A380′s real power

How to get 23 million people to search for information about an airline in a day: Offer a luxury apartment, and keep them waiting for a dramatic new livery

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Airbus A320 NEO inaugurates the age of re-engined jets

The A320 NEO first flight now underway, begins an age of putting existing airliners through hi-tech makeovers rather than the pursuing all new designs.

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It’s the morning of the GTF in Toulouse and it will change flight forever

A radical yet old engine concept is approaching its moment of truth in Toulouse today, and it could make life much quieter for those living near airports

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Pel-Air crash victim Karen Casey speaks of her suffering

Nurse Karen Casey’s comment on the most recent Pel-Air story has been given a post of its own because some readers may not always have the time to follow the discussions that articles give rise to.

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Virgin Australia upstages new Qantas business class, seat wars anyone?

Will Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines force Qantas to ditch its new bizclass seats and fix its ‘complex’ new loyalty program? Or are we dreaming?

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Is IATA right about how airline tickets are sold?

Is IATA sounding the death knell for Australia’s consumer protection laws when it comes to advertising air fares,  or is it on the wrong side of history?

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Airbus might be part of a supersonic business jet by 2021

Even a small scale successor to Concorde has proved elusive. Can a liaison between Airbus and team of US engineers make one work?

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Pel-Air: Is 2nd rate crash report good enough for Australia?

For months Plane Talking  has been asking the office of the Minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, for updates on the Pel-Air issues.

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Space elevator offers a new fantasy to a terrified world!

Stop worrying about mad men, thrill killers, and even the war on the poor. The space elevator will lift you free of your fears.

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If MH17 reward is for real, why not the same for MH370?

Without prejudice to the German detective agency Wifka, which has parlayed a $30 million reward on behalf of a mystery benefactor for quite detailed answers to questions asked about the MH17 atrocity, the story is bound to cause scepticism.

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Qantas 767s exit early, and will be sorely missed

The Qantas 767s will have a Dame Nellie Melba style extended farewell tour of duty before the end of this year, as this civilised, comfortable, but no longer economically viable airliner exits our skies.

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Australian takes top women’s title in hot air ballooning

Forget bucket lists. This is for your living list. And an Australian, Nicola Scaife, is the world champion hot air balloon pilot and the best person to ask for if you want to really see this country wake up to a brand new day

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Qantas SriLankan code share will save lives

The newly announced Qantas code share on SriLankan Airlines Singapore-Colombo flights could prove a life saver for those mislead into illegally entering Australia by boat.

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