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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Qantaslink to fly Sydney-Wellcamp 11 times weekly from 17 November

Qantaslink has scored a major coup by becoming the launch mainline carrier for the Wellcamp airport near Toowoomba from 17 November.

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Have Libyan jets been stolen for a 9/11 anniversary attack?

Read with caution A conservative internet news site, the Washington Free Beacon is claiming that Libyan passenger jets have been stolen and may be used for a suicide 9/11 type attack. There are huge problems of credibility and practicability with the US report

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Qantas, Virgin under criticial analysis re capacity war

As a recipient of a number of regular proprietary financial institution bulletins they historically tend to be very weak at picking downtrends in consumer demand, and this could mean bad news for Qantas and Virgin Australia and their low cost brands.

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Lion Air of Indonesia damned by Bali crash inquiry

Those who need to fly between the many islands of Indonesia’s vast, exciting, and spectacular archipelago need to read reports like this one just published on Flightglobal.

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CSeries jet setback as first intended buyer backs off

Concerns about the future of the all new Canadian regional jet the Bombardier CSeries have deepened as the first intended buyer Braathens in Sweden seeks to delay deliveries until after other airlines are using it. 

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Indonesia sets high tourism target as Australia loses the plot

You don’t have to dig all that deeply to uncover unease in Australian inbound tourism stakeholders as to the calibre of the Coalition’s understanding and support for promoting travel to this country.

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Malaysia Airlines restructure plan hits raw nerves in Australia

Opinion  The arguments, mainly promoted by organised labour and political figures in Australia, that government intervention is necessary in Qantas, took hits this week from two sources. 

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Virgin Australia to ‘obsolete’ new Qantas A330 business class

Virgin Australia had surprises for both major competitor Qantas and major shareholder Air New Zealand today.

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Virgin Australia posts record $355.6 million loss

Virgin Australia’s statutory loss of $356 million after tax is higher than market speculation. The underlying loss before tax of $211.7 million appears to be where analysts expected it to be, plus or minus a few million.

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MH370 Investigators ping media about important phone call

There are two possible reasons why a satellite phone on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn’t respond to calls from frantic airline officials after it went missing on 8 March. One would be that a conscious decision was made not to take the call, and the other, that there was no one near it who [...]

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Qantas: A massive loss creats a massive share punt

Investors had two Qantas activities to consider today. The one that flies passengers and continues to do a very poor job of it in terms of returns, and the one that pumps ‘optionality’ in offering new stock structures for its domestic and international arms.

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Qantas loss $2.843 billion, live blog

Qantas has just reported a statutory loss after tax of $2.843 billion dollars and an underlying loss after tax of $646 million for the year to 30 June. The loss far exceeds market expectations, and was primarily driven by a massive write down in the value of the international fleet.

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Etihad announces the return of the $50,000* London fare!

Etihad’s over the top $43,000 London flights take us back to similar equivalent fares for kangaroo route flights post WWII

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As predicted Knee Defenders turn flight into fight

The main problem of the Knee Defender is the confrontational ‘courtesy card’ thoughtfully provided for you to serve on the passenger seated in front of you, telling him or her that you are taking control.

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MH370 Two very ugly scenarios get some detailed attention

Two detailed, reasonable, and deeply disturbing hypothetical scenarios seeking to explain the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been posted by Jeff Wise, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and the author of Extreme Fear.

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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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