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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Etihad unveils its luxury for all strategy in new A380, 787

Unprecedented luxury fittings in airliners were on show in Abu Dhabi on Thursday when Etihad Airways unveiled its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

Why there needs to be a discussion about transport infrastructure costs in Australia, whether in airports, rail or roads.

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What 55 AirAsiaX A330 NEOs will mean to your backside

Never mind the cost efficiencies. Will our bums fit in them?

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MH370: It was a deliberate act, and it is being lied about

More than nine months since it vanished with at least 239 people and some mystery cargo onboard, there are two things that stand out about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Qantas hasn’t addressed the Joyce failures

Opinion The essential problem holding back Qantas from capitalising on good fortune with fuel and capacity restraint, and a rediscovered focus on its full service operations, is Jetstar and the group CEO Alan Joyce.

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Qantas mangement flattened, but Andrew David stands tall

Among the many interesting aspects of this afternon’s great flattening of the Qantas executive team, Andrew David stands out as the astute airline manager who grows larger every time the spear lands close to him.

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Airbus reaffirms A380 future, Boeing nixes 757 replacement

The Airbus Investor Days meeting that gave rise to stories saying that the A380 might be dropped  has seen the future of the world’s largest passenger aircraft reaffirmed.

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Oil drops below $US60 barrel and airlines face good news crisis

The good news about benchmark US oil prices falling below $60 a barrel this morning comes with the bad news that Qantas and Virgin Australia are going to have to break to their customers.

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Air NZ’s newest Pacific Rim destination is Buenos Aires

It didn’t take long for Air New Zealand to name its next route after its CEO Christopher Luxon said, inter alia, who cares about end of the line when we are at a focal point for the Pacific Rim.

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Airbus A380 future put on line just as Qatar postpones A350

If Airbus surrenders its costly and apparently premature grip on the very large plane sector, it will flourish as soon as it retreats, and be filled by its US competitor.

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Jetstar’s vomit smelling jet adds to Qantas turnback focus

Thongs, spilled chips, dirty jets and routine mechanical delays. Its been a rough day on social media for Qantas and Jetstar

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ABC credibility falls out of the sky over 4th Qantas incident

ABC News is this morning claiming the return of a Qantas 717 to Hobart because of a warning light is a fourth unscheduled landing of one of its flights in 48 hours. This is ignorant reporting.

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Scoot to start Melbourne-Singapore 787s next November

Singapore Airlines’ owned Scoot will start flying between Singapore and Melbourne five times a week from 1 November next year.

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Qantas to bring full service flights to Brisbane-Narita

After five years of nonsense about Jetstar being the answer for Queensland to Japan flights Qantas is bringing its full service brand flights to the Brisbane-Tokyo Narita route four times a week from August next year.

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Qantas finds money can’t buy love at Fairfax

It would be fair to say that relations between the independent media and Qantas have lost altitude recently, underlined by this report in The Australian about the airline pulling its ads and paper purchases from Fairfax.

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With three incidents in 24 hours what’s the Qantas problem?

When a cluster of incidents affect any airline,  as has been the case for Qantas with three in a day, its sensible to ask questions, but not sensible to jump to conclusions.

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Air NZ CEO Luxon pits Middle Earth against Middle East with Pacific Rim focus

Air New Zealand is making money taking on the Middle East with Middle Earth. And its CEO Christopher Luxon has no time for the ‘distractions’ of supplementary low cost brands, like Jetstar or Tigerair.

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Qantas ‘emergency’ in Perth shows value of social media

The most interesting thing about this morning’s ‘emergency’ landing of a Sydney bound Qantas A380 from Dubai at Perth Airport is the value and power of social media.

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