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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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ATSB to gain in credibility and competency no later than Monday

A replacement for the ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan is expected to be announced by the deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, no later than Monday.

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Sydney’s 2nd Airport to be big jet capable from Day 1

Updated The Badgerys Creek airport site in western Sydney will be able to take the world’s largest, heaviest and longest ranging jets from the day it opens after the infrastructure (and aviation) minister Warren Truss said it would have a 4000 metre runway from the moment the ribbon gets cut. 

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Boeing’s green diesel Dreamliner could even burn road kill

While there are many off colour jokes about airline catering and road kill, Boeing’s historic green diesel flight in its ecoDemonstrator 787 this week used a fuel that could have been refined completely from waste animal fats.

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Airbus A320 No 200 from China rolls out, 3000 more to come?

The significance of the China market for airliners, and what it might mean for the future shape of Airbus and Boeing, was on display yesterday when an A319 for China Eastern rolled out of the Airbus Tianjin final assembly line.

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Call for ATSB chief’s removal over Pel-Air report fiasco

Senior mandarins in aviation tried to lock their Minister, Warren Truss, into a position he no longer wants to be in. A very bad career move

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ATSB ‘asked to consider’ re-opening Pel-Air crash inquiry

The minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, has called for a new look at the Pel-Air crash, in which a Westwind corporate jet flying a medical charter, was ditched off Norfolk Island in November, 2009.

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Damning review of ATSB Pel-Air investigation released

Memo Tony Abbott and Warren Truss. Second rate isn’t good enough in air safety investigations, and the Canadian peer review of the ATSB re Pel-Air makes us look very grubby.

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Boeing, FAA deficiencies led to 787 fires, NTSB finds

Inadequate design work by Boeing, shoddy standards by Japanese battery maker Yuasa Corp, and the corporate capture of the FAA  in its failure to properly certify a critical part of the Dreamliner 787,  this NTSB investigation has it all.

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Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.

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Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs.

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Etihad adds Scandinavian to its coat of many colours

There are two types of relationship between Europe’s airlines and those of the Gulf countries. Stand alone head on conflicts, like that of Emirates versus the world, and Etihad’s collaborative alternative of buying-into-them or signing-them-up in a common cause.

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China Southern’s A380 to make summer return to Sydney

China Southern has only five A380s but is recalling one of the them to Sydney to serve peak holiday demand from Friday week 5 December until 26 February on the Guangzhou route.

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Is this the Boeing plan for a New Small Airplane?

Airbus could claim the credit for the latest Boeing leak that it will launch in 2018 a new 757-200 sized jet for service in 2024-2025 to counter a version of the A321 (the NEO LR) which might have been in service for six or seven years by the time the US planemaker’s response flies.

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