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Articles by Ben Sandilands

MH17 Oxygen mask found around neck of Australian victim

Dutch authorities have apologised for distress that might have been caused by revealing that an oxygen mask was draped around ( or ‘over’ in some translations) the neck of an Australian victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July.

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Etihad targets Star, Oneworld with new Partners brand

How will Etihad compete for customer loyalty with the big two global alliances, Star and Oneworld? By keeping their long broken promises it seems.

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Qantas celebrates 70th year of the flying kangaroo logo

The lumbering, thundering appearance of B-24 Liberators in Australian skies emptied class rooms and playgrounds and city streets filled with awed watchers transfixed by their passage.

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Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red is dead

The streaker’s defence as applied by Richard Branson to Little Red. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Boeing puts case for massive growth with same sized jets

Boeing and Airbus market forecasts are often framed in the rhetoric of Lions v Christians in the Coliseum. But they always generate sobering statistics that need careful consideration.

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MH370 mystery is as weird on dry land as it is on the sea floor

The search for the truth about MH370 is just as elusive on dry land as it is 6000 meters down in the timeless darkness of the southern Indian Ocean

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Etihad incident? How should air rage be dealt with?

The diversion of pilot attention to what is going on in the cabin rather than the cockpit is the point at which air rage becomes really serious

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Scoot’s 787-9 blessed, but will Sydney be so lucky

More red signals from low cost airlines as demand flies south

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AirAsia’s next hub could be Dubai

AirAsia CEO and group founder Tony Fernandes has made a pitch to authorities in Dubai to set up his next franchise at either its major airport, Dubai International, or its future mega airport Al Maktoum at the emerging Dubai World Central trade precinct.

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Darwin ATC deletes vital message unread, imperils Qantas jets

Defence air traffic control at Darwin is arguably a greater risk to aviation than home grown terrorists

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First MH370 deep sea search ship now due to be on site 5 October

The earliest start date for the next phase of the search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 now looks like 5-6 October, when the GO Phoenix is expected to reach its allocated target area in the southern Indian Ocean southwest of Perth.

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We should all now go to Nashville, and it’s just become easier

Just a few days ago the question was what Virgin Australia might do to compete with really truly non-stop Qantas flights to Dallas Fort Worth? Well, the answer is Nashville, as in Nashville, Tennessee

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MH370 Deep sea search due to start today?

Cue political theatre at any moment. The sea floor search phase for MH370 is about to deploy ‘towfish’ high definition scanners searching for wreckage

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In terms of photos, airliner certification is changed forever

There was more to the formation flight of five A350s over France yesterday than met the eye. This was about the approaching end of the jet age, and the radical machines that will (or must) follow

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Qantas: Is it finding its way back?

More Qantas, less Jetstar, goodbye London? hullo (more of) America? Major changes in strategy at Qantas are becoming apparent

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Qantas A380s DFW-SYD could open competing US routes

With its A380s now serving Dallas non-stop both ways, Qantas hasn’t just done what has been urged on it for years, but could cause a large competitive focus on new routes to America

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Etihad 787-9 follows A380 from paint shop to seat shop

Airbus and Boeing prefer not to talk about their latest airliners complementing each other in fleet decisions, but that isn’t stopping Etihad making such a point with its first A380 on Thursday last week and its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner over the weekend.

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Macquarie unit buys 40 CSeries 300s in boost for troubled jet

Although it flies under the radar in terms of media coverage Macquarie Air Finance, based in Ireland, has just given the ambitious but troubled Canadian CSeries regional jet program a huge boost.

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