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Articles by Ben Sandilands

CASA’s new director of safety faces multiple public safety threats

Opinion Retired RAAF Air Vice-Marshal Mark Skidmore has been accorded polite, even deferential media on his being appointed as the new director of safety at CASA.

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Airbus goes upwardly Mobile with its A321NEO

There is a major new contest taking shape between Airbus and Boeing for what is sometimes labelled the 757 replacement market, but which involves a much broader struggle for airliner leadership in the 2020s.

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There is a humorist in hiding in Southwest Airlines

Southwest, the famous, durable, inexpensive and ‘folksy’ low fare American carrier, has been copping much criticism in US media and forums in recent times for its more straight laced, less ‘friendly’ style, and often no longer competitive air fares.

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Emirates takes 100th Boeing 777-300ER, read it and weep

The delivery of the 100th Emirates 773ER is a painful spectacle for Qantas watchers.

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Polar poker: China plays its ace in Australian Antarctica

China’s announcement that it will build an airstrip a comparatively short distance from Australia’s Davis station will make it the dominant air power in this country’s large territorial claim in Antarctica by the end of this decade.

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Rolls-Royce’s big play for the future of jet engines takes wing

It could be the next big thing, flying on the last big thing.

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Dreamliner goes to new length with United’s 787-9 MEL debut

The arrival this morning of the inaugural United Airlines 787-9 service to Melbourne from Los Angeles sets a new distance record for Boeing’s Dreamliners.

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Indonesian AirAsia X launches a Bali blow

AirAsia X’s new Indonesia franchise will make Bali-Melbourne one of its launch routes this Boxing Day, 26 December with five weekly flights using the same 377 seat format already found on its other longer haul A330-300 services.

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The stormy night an Australian town rescued an airliner

It’s the night of the Uiver again in bordertown Albury tonight, commemorating one of the great historic rescue stories of early civil aviation

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Qantas responds to Xenophon questions at investor meeting

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford and its group CEO Alan Joyce have described what critics claim are ‘selective’ briefings to financial analysts and institutional investors as ‘clarification’ and one on one Q and A sessions.

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Joyce: Qantas is now in underlying state of profitability

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce has told the no-media-questions AGM that it has made a profit on an underlying basis in the first quarter of this financial year, and is on track to continue that profitability through to the first half results to 31 December.

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Qantas files improved traffic+yield stats before AGM

In a curtain raiser for this morning’s AGM in Melbourne, Qantas traffic filings for the month, as well as year to September, show a general improvement in yields and load factors.

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Qantas media blackout to be broken by shareholder Xenophon?

Even if Qantas tries to ignore shareholder Xenophon tomorrow, his publishing his queries in advance means there will be no shortage of punters ready to ask them for him.

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AirServices CEO queried over knowledge of Crimes Act

Early this week during Senate Estimates hearings the CEO of AirServices Australia, Margaret Staib, was questioned as to why she didn’t refer a manager who stole up to $20,000 from the Commonwealth to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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There has to be more to Virgin’s Alice-Darwin ambitions

Virgin Australia has announced three times weekly 737 flights between Alice Spring and Darwin from the end of March. QantasLink flies the route now 14 times a week. What are we missing?

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MH370 and more hypocritical nonsense from the ATSB chief

On board a ship with fools at another gutless, witless bit of PR theatre over the search for MH370

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Airbus gives enemies of the PM’s BBJs another solution

The two aging Australian Government VIP Boeing BBJs (using a 737-700 airframe) were never comfortably outfitted for the Howard Government that bought them in the 90s and have their detractors among politicians and the parliamentary press gallery.

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Cathay Pacific’s 40 years Sydney link beat the odds

No-one who knew the early Cathay Pacific would have foreseen 40 years unbroken non-stop flying between Hong Kong and Sydney since this day in 1974.

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