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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Flying with phones, tablets could be too cutting edge

Update: Qantas and Virgin Australia were given approval late today to allow conditional use by passengers of portable electronic devices gate to gate from tomorrow, Tuesday 26 August  Recently on an Air France A320 I noticed what looked like a purpose fitted soft cushion had been placed around the sharp edge of the start of [...]

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Did British Airways just ruin breakfast at Qantas and Virgin?

Imagine the angst in airline managements all around the world this morning. British Airways has come up with a new evolution of business class seating that makes everything else look second if not third rate.

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Why Jetstar Hong Kong should have been approved two years ago

Scenario  Consider the contrary proposition, that Jetstar Hong Kong should have been ‘embraced’ by the SAR’s authorities and its prime opponent, Cathay Pacific, two years ago.

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Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

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Is Qantas committed to being dragged down by Jetstar?

The deeper concern about the Qantas infatuation with Jetstar is that it deluding itself if it thinks its full service customers will transfer their loyalties to Jetstar.

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Qantas sets up cabin crew support centre pre FY14 results

A sign of likely cutbacks to Qantas international operations being announced at next Thursday’s full year to 30 June financial results disclosure has been sent to cabin crew working in that division.

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Qantas! Do we want cat videos or speculation?

The weeks before Qantas reports financial results are usually a news vacuum which sucks in speculation, and this year’s preliminary full year results announcement on 28 August is no exception to the rule.

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CSeries sackings reflect public relations realities

When you screw up, you get rid of those media and industry relations figures who will get grilled over their prior delivery of dubious or failed guidance.

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China’s Comac 919 reveals the tip of a mystery

There have been many dismissive and patronising western media stories about the c919. They will all end up on the wrong side of history.

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Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50! It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership [...]

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Huh! Truss says 2nd Sydney Airport won’t grow all that much

Incredulity Anyone familiar with the history of trade negotiations and air traffic treaties in Australia would wonder why someone who would know those processes as well as the National Party leader and deputy PM Warren Truss said what he was reported as saying about Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek yesterday.

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Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot.

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Clock to start soon on 2nd Sydney Airport monopoly rort talks

Will Sydney Airport exercise its right to screw the city by controlling its second airport? The clock on a screw-non screw decision starts ticking in the official consultative process on 30 September

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Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed.

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Ebola virus crisis accelerates, and will affect air travel

It’s time for airlines and travellers to accept the realities of the outbreak of the ebola virus and its implications for society which could make disrupted travel plans seem the least of the world’s concerns.

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MH17 preliminary report due first week of September

The Netherlands investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July will be released in the first week of September.

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Another route less travelled for those going to San Francisco

This isn’t a short cut to San Francisco. It’s a rat race by-pass

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Etihad is no fan of low cost airline subsidiaries!

No doubt the managerial cadres at Virgin Australia, and whoever is really running the show at Qantas, would find the recent reported comments of Etihad CEO, James Hogan, at a media event in India of some interest.

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