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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Qantas Jetstar move jointly on more Whitsunday flights

Qantas is covering all bases with its new dual brand strategy for developing the potential of the Victoria-Whitsunday Coast market with its premium and low fare operations.

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ATSB forgets Pel-Air in study of fuel exhaustion accidents

Amnesia can now be again added to the failings of integrity and safety focus in ATSB reports on the repeated release today of  its study titled Starved and Exhausted: Fuel Management Aviation Accidents.

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Sydney opens two more rail stations for $1.8 billion

Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time.

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Ceres, dwarf planet of mystery, comes into sharper view

Those moments when a spacecraft turns a faint and distant point of light in the night sky into a newly seen world are among the most sublime that astronomy can offer.

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It looks like TransAsia is in really big trouble over crash

Can airline operations can become so fixed on adhering to schedule that the safety culture degrades to the point where ‘pressing on regardless’ can end in slaughter?

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Virgin Australia back in the money in latest results

Virgin Australia has posted second quarter results for the current financial year that show a big turnaround in the profitability of its full service brand as well as low cost unit Tigerair Australia.

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Etihad reports surge in wi-fi use, but there are problems

Are airlines keeping up with demand for inflight internet, or are you risking your money on crummy connections?

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Social media records Taiwan turbo-prop crash

Alarming photos of a crashing TransAsia Airways ATR72 in Taipei have been captured by dash cams today, while the numbers of people killed and rescued in the accident remain undetermined.

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Qantas extends Canada services, solves two travel issues

There are two special attractions, in addition to travel in Canada, in Qantas putting on more holiday season flights to Vancouver.

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Singapore Airlines ‘spoils’ economy flyers with more choices

If you are looking for an even higher quality experience flying in economy with Singapore Airlines its introduction of a premium economy product in the second half of this year will give the curious consumer some interesting dilemmas to consider.

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Pel-Air damages claims finally reach NSW Supreme Court

The damages claims of two people injured in the Pel-Air ditching near Norfolk Island in 2009 have finally reached the New South Wales Supreme Court. The reports from day one are not pretty.

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Etihad posts huge growth stats, but leaves rivals in the dark

Etihad has posted another stunning year of operational growth, and as it seems to always relish doing, left analysts struggling for epithets because it isn’t relating this to its financial performance.

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Is someone firing rockets at airliners near Perth?

Update: Both incidents are now confirmed as occurring in the same part of Perth air space.

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AirAsia X fires its CEO, but will it restore consumer trust?

The then CEO of AirAsia X, Azran Osman-Rani, was removed from his office last Friday immediately before the announcement of a major restructuring of the management of the longer haul wide body franchise of the AirAsia low cost airline brand. 

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Qatar investment in British Airways owner might rattle cages

There is an unpleasant sub text to the success of non western airlines that could crawl out from under the rocks over the purchase by Qatar Airways of 9.99 percent of IAG, the holding company which owns British Airways, the Spanish flag carrier Iberia, and has plans to take over Irish carrier Aer Lingus.

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AirAsia pilots said to have cut off flight computers before crash

Comprehensive leaks for the same Indonesian officials who are refusing to release the interim AirAsia report reflect very badly on the airline’s training and safety culture standards

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Much of suppressed AirAsia crash report now revealed

Although Indonesian authorities have refused to release their interim report into the 28 December AirAsia disaster the key inclusions other than the black box transcripts and data now appear to have been outlined. 

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Malaysia officially declares all presumed dead on MH370

In what might seem like a much delayed necessity, Malaysia’s director general of civil aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman tonight officially declared all 239 people who were on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 presumed dead.

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