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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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Plan now for risk that ebola virus could cancel your flights

As the tragic spread of the ebola virus ought to make clear, any international travel plans need to factor in the risk that if it becomes a pandemic flights will be grounded and borders closed. 

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Satellite company Inmarsat adds to cautions on MH370 search

The commentary being provided at an official level on the MH370 deep sea search now underway off Perth has taken an increasingly cautious tone in recent weeks, and that has now been reinforced by the satellite company Inmarsat.

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50 years ago today Australia’s domestic jet age began

The day a toss of a coin decided which now vanished Australian domestic airline would go down in history as the first to fly a jet airliner into the country.

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India’s largest airline places massive new order for A320 NEOs

Having previously ordered  280 Airbus A320s  (100 A320 CEOs and 180 A320 NEOs) India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo has just signed an MoU for a further 250 A320 NEOs.

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