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Articles by Ben Sandilands

German researchers go vague about their ‘new’ MH370 theory

Anyone hoping for a breakthrough in the search for MH370 from much hyped new German research will be disappointed tonight, as the scientists involved have suggested looking at a much larger part of the Indian Ocean!

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MH370 theories might take a new drift from German study

Tuesday morning German time several researchers from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel are to hold a media conference suggesting that the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 needs to be shifted closer to the equator and middle of the Indian Ocean.

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MH370 wing part mystery defies resolution

The New York Magazine has published a succinct article as to why the wing part of a Boeing 777 washed up on La Réunion in the west Indian Ocean late in July continues to defy positive identification as having come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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ATSB says radio interference caused MCG drone crash

In its first drone crash investigation report, the ATSB blames a potentially serious incident at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at the world cup cricket final on 29 March this year on radio interference.

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MH 370 search seeks a clearer look into deep sea shadows

There are ‘shadows’ and ‘holes’ in the depths of the south Indian Ocean that have defied the sonar scanners used by the searchers for MH370, but they may give up whatever it is that lies within them when a change in the sea seasons arrives after about October. 

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United to move to all 787-9s on Australia routes in 2016

  Routes Online has tweeted but not yet posted that United Airlines will operate the 787-9 Dreamliner on all of its Australian services during the northern hemisphere spring and summer seasons.

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Air New Zealand vows to take more of Australian market

The end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin Australia has run into a problem.  It didn’t include Air New Zealand.

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British Airways admits its 787s are too tight

  Runway Girl Network has become the go-to site for cabin developments free of marketing spin, and has drawn attention to an admission by British Airways that the economy seats in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are too tight.

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Last look at Dione as NASA Saturn probe nears its grand finale

The Cassini-Huygens space probe has taken its last close up look at one of Saturn’s small moons Dione, but the vastness of the giant outer planet’s ring system has photo bombed it.

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Etihad puts points junkies on notice! Pay more or get less

Following the changes already made by many other airlines, Etihad will require its loyal customers to pay more for their ‘reward’ points under a revised ‘more choice’ booking scheme which will take effect from 14 September.

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That tail fire in an Ethiopian 787 was more serious than thought

The aviation world quickly lost interest in a tail fire in a parked Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London Heathrow in 2013 when it was found to have been caused by a pinched wire in an emergency locator transmitter and not its then controversial underfloor lithium ion batteries . However this last week’s release of the [...]

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How the Qantas 787s could transform Perth, Adelaide services

The passing reference by Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce to the possibility of making Perth the Australian anchor for non-stop flights to London may not have touched on its real potential for transforming Western Australian links to the rest of the world.

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Qantas: Low seat count for 787s, high expectations for Jetstar

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce says Jetstar will not open new ventures until it is satisfied with the profitability of the three Asia based franchises in Singapore, Vietnam and Japan but sees a strong future for the brand.

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Qantas makes $975m profit, orders 8 Dreamliners

Qantas has beaten the many of the optimistic forecasts for its full year to 30 June profitability with an underlying profit before tax of $975 million and a statutory PBT of $789 million and will make a capital return to shareholders equivalent to 23 cents per share.

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New MH370 search planning meeting proposed for next month

The sea floor search for MH370 could get another and this time loosely described planning meeting between Australia, Malaysia and China in Canberra next month.

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Airbus offers Singapore Airlines an ultra long range A350

Singapore Airlines wants its ability to fly non-stop between Singapore and Newark (for Manhattan) to be restored ASAP and Airbus is offering a solution in a special edition of the A350 by the end of 2018.

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Are ‘efficient’ tight fit airliner toilets a hygiene risk?

Runway Girl has done a very through review of the consequences of downsizing galleys and toilets in order to squeeze in more seats, but without mentioning the unmentionable. A lack of room for users to wipe their bums.

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Virgin Australia’s new biz seat is a stunner, but are there too few?

  There is only one problem with the outstandingly attractive new wide body business class seat that Virgin Australia debuts on its A330-200s this morning.

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