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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Jetstar’s Gold Coast China deal adds to pressure on Tiger

Jetstar’s deal for non-stop flights from Wuhan to the Gold Coast with China’s tourism, retail and property investor Dalian Wanda Group poses the question, where is the Virgin Australia Group’s policy for its participation in the fastest growing inbound market in Australian travel?

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FAA, Boeing, take steps to stop Dreamliners turning into gliders

In a you-just-can’t-be-too-careful story America’s FAA has formalised Boeing’s advice to 787 users to power them down at regular intervals to prevent them, well, falling out of the air!

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Greens savaged over Sydney airport stupidity, but wait, there’s more

Labor’s infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese has written a withering critique of the Greens’ 2nd Sydney Airport lunatic policies in The Australian today. But he has remained silent on his withdrawal of support for a curfew free Badgerys Creek, which would cripple it.

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Airbus does a Tesla with E-Fan electric plane assembly line

It’s more than likely that by mid century the tiny Airbus E-Fan electric plane will be seen as a bigger force for change than its giant A380s or brand new A350 line.  Last Friday Airbus Group committed to putting its E-Fan 2.0 into production, announcing an assembly line in Pau

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Second Sydney Airport discussions fail to mention bank fees

The one thing that could seriously damage a second Sydney Airport, and new and improved road and rail links, wasn’t discussed at the recent talk fest about how good that project will be for economic growth. And that was bank or finance fees.

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Virgin Australia tames the Tiger but overall losses persist in Q3

Virgin Australia continued to lose money in the three months to the end of March,  but has also posted very substantial improvements in its Virgin and Tigerair branded airlines.

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MH370 and MH17 said to cause massive fleet disposal

The authoritative US airline intelligence site, Leeham News, has published details of a massive divestment by Malaysia Airlines of wide body jets, starting with all six of its A380s and four of its surviving 777-200ERs.

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April was a bad month for the Qantas Jetstar fleet

Photos have emerged of a mishap that damaged two Jetstar A320s at its Newcastle maintenance facility on 23 April, during the storm and flooding crisis that crippled much of eastern NSW.

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Warning: hyperbolic hypersonic flight stories inbound!

Sooner or later today expect to read about two University of Sydney aeronautical engineering PhD researchers having been invited by the European Space Agency (ESA) to help realise the dream of travelling across the globe at 7 times the speed of sound.

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Virgin Australia’s new chair has long experience in finance and fuel

The appointment of Elizabeth Bryan as the new chair of Virgin Australia ticks the big boxes of experience in fuel, finance and public administration for an airline.

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Many more A380s by 2033, but maybe less comfortable than now

Never mind about your big comfy A380s being at risk. According to the Airbus market forecast 2033 there will be 94 ‘Very Large Aircraft’ or VLAs serving the Australia and South Pacific.

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Airbus A380 turns 10, loved by flyers, unloved by airlines

In the 10 years since the A380 prototype first flew at Toulouse (on 27 April 2005) the giant Airbus has become the airliner loved by passengers yet shunned by airlines.

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Qantas recalls Santiago flight as Chilean volcanic ash spreads

Update: Qantas has resumed Santiago flights today, but if booked for later, monitor its website Fears of widespread flight disruptions arising from this week’s eruptions from Chile’s Calbuco volcano are growing, with many delays or cancellations of services yesterday and today to Chilean and Argentinean airports including from the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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ATSB releases new month old images of Pel-Air wreckage

It seems to have occurred to someone in the ATSB that it does need to eventually post updates on the re-opened inquiry into the 2009 Pel-Air crash which it botched the first time around.

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A truly polar plane crash reported

And now for something completely different Earlier this month a very rare jet airliner crash landed in an extraordinary location, within 50 kms of the geographical north pole.

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Dawn catches up with mini planet’s strange bright spots

The bright spots seen on dwarf planet Ceres have come back into view from the Dawn spacecraft but remain as mysterious as ever.

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Latest MH370 update takes issue with search criticism

While there are no discoveries reported in the latest MH370 search update, it makes a point of rejecting recent criticism from a range of sources, as well as The Australian’s inexplicable re run of a year old story saying it could have been seen low over a ‘remote’ Maldivian Island on the morning of its [...]

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Japan’s new maglev train speed record still comes up short

Another tantalizing glimpse of the future of high speed surface transport came with this week’s setting of a 603 kmh speed record by Japan’s test Maglev train project.

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