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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Air NZ posts strong profits as curtain raiser to Qantas, Virgin losses

As a curtain raiser to a dismal two days of Qantas and Virgin Australia losses to finish off this last week of the financial year reporting season, Air NZ’s strong $NZ262 million net profit announced in Auckland this morning is a lot of salt to sprinkle over the wounds of the Australian carriers.

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Confessions of an in-flight phone offender

Now that it’s safe to come out, read about a serial phone rule ‘overlooker’ on Crikey’s always surprising subscriber Insider here.

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Sydney hi-rise helipad merits rational safety study

There will almost certainly be strong views expressed about the pros and cons of allowing a helipad to be built atop a major new Darling Harbour hotel in Sydney as proposed earlier today.

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Those Qantas 747SPs. Did they ever cruise at 45,000 feet?

Just how high did Qantas fly its Boeing 747SPs?

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Qantas navigates China sensitivities in Taiwan code share

Qantas is to fly, courtesy of a code share, to Taiwan, where in the past to stay on the right side of China, it had to invent a special Australia Asia Airlines entity.

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Flying with phones, tablets could be too cutting edge

Update: Qantas and Virgin Australia were given approval late today to allow conditional use by passengers of portable electronic devices gate to gate from tomorrow, Tuesday 26 August  Recently on an Air France A320 I noticed what looked like a purpose fitted soft cushion had been placed around the sharp edge of the start of [...]

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Did British Airways just ruin breakfast at Qantas and Virgin?

Imagine the angst in airline managements all around the world this morning. British Airways has come up with a new evolution of business class seating that makes everything else look second if not third rate.

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Why Jetstar Hong Kong should have been approved two years ago

Scenario  Consider the contrary proposition, that Jetstar Hong Kong should have been ‘embraced’ by the SAR’s authorities and its prime opponent, Cathay Pacific, two years ago.

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Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

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Is Qantas committed to being dragged down by Jetstar?

The deeper concern about the Qantas infatuation with Jetstar is that it deluding itself if it thinks its full service customers will transfer their loyalties to Jetstar.

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Qantas sets up cabin crew support centre pre FY14 results

A sign of likely cutbacks to Qantas international operations being announced at next Thursday’s full year to 30 June financial results disclosure has been sent to cabin crew working in that division.

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Qantas! Do we want cat videos or speculation?

The weeks before Qantas reports financial results are usually a news vacuum which sucks in speculation, and this year’s preliminary full year results announcement on 28 August is no exception to the rule.

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CSeries sackings reflect public relations realities

When you screw up, you get rid of those media and industry relations figures who will get grilled over their prior delivery of dubious or failed guidance.

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China’s Comac 919 reveals the tip of a mystery

There have been many dismissive and patronising western media stories about the c919. They will all end up on the wrong side of history.

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Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50! It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership [...]

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Huh! Truss says 2nd Sydney Airport won’t grow all that much

Incredulity Anyone familiar with the history of trade negotiations and air traffic treaties in Australia would wonder why someone who would know those processes as well as the National Party leader and deputy PM Warren Truss said what he was reported as saying about Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek yesterday.

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Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot.

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Clock to start soon on 2nd Sydney Airport monopoly rort talks

Will Sydney Airport exercise its right to screw the city by controlling its second airport? The clock on a screw-non screw decision starts ticking in the official consultative process on 30 September

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