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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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 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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New Qantas suites for A330 business flyers hard to leave?

Another make-most-of-us-envious premium airline product story, this time from Qantas, and even between Melbourne and Sydney

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German intelligence says stolen missile downed MH17

If the scoop in Der Spiegel is correct, and there have been no official denials, then Russian separatists did shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with a BUK missile, but one stolen from a Ukraine military base, rather than supplied by Russia.

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Mitsubishi rolls in Japan’s first jet airliner prototype

Mitsubishi has broken new ground for Japan’s long established aerospace industry in Saturday’s ‘roll in’ ceremony for the 70-90 passenger regional jet design. The guests at the ceremony in Nagoya assembled inside the hanger and the star attraction was wheeled in to meet them.

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The Mars Comet is nearly there: Be glad it isn’t nearly here

With the hard core or nucleus of the Australian discovered comet variously estimated at between 500 to 5000 metres at its widest, it’s packing an immense potentially planet changing amount of kinetic energy.

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Ansett: The other $1 deal that no-one bought in 2001

Friday’s soon to be formally accepted offer by Virgin Australia to buy 40 per cent of Tigerair for $1 isn’t the first time such a gold coin has been the price for all or part an Australian domestic airline.

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Singapore Airlines to take control of newly cashed up Tiger

The mail from Singapore sources this morning was correct.  Singapore Airlines has disposed of Tigerair Australia as part of a process aimed at driving Jetstar Asia out of contention and taking control of the low cost carrier action in the Lion City.

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Virgin Australia goes quarterly, posts $59m loss after tax

The good, better, but also bad news points about Virgin Australia came in a rush today when it began filing quarterly financial results with the ASX  to align it with quarterly equity accounting by its 22 percent shareholder Singapore Airlines.

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Virgin Australia to restructure cost base with $1 Tigerair control deal

Australia’s second largest airline Virgin Australia made a bold move this morning to end the losses in its 60 percent owned Tigerair domestic subsidiary by redirecting excess capacity to a set of international routes on which it is currently wasting its own full service product.

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