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Best wishes for the well seasoned

2013 has taught this slow learner not to make any predictions for 2014. However for those who have travelled with Plane Talking and offered their thoughts, criticisms, and always valued insights please accept my thanks and very best wishes for the holiday season. It’s been a good discussion.

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787 Live: A bold, beautiful and not a little brave display

Boeing has come up with a stunning, beautiful and perhaps a little bit brave  787 Dreamliner Flight Tracker which follows in real time through Flightaware and overlaid on Google Earth every Dreamliner in the skies.

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What scandal? Qantas director quits

The Corinne Namblard controversy at Qantas has ended with her resignation.

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Dreamliner: Japan admits ‘easing’ standards to ‘help’ Boeing

The rotten governmental oversight of Japan’s nuclear industry before Fukushima may have been visited on the country’s involvement in the 787 project, as a key official admits a deliberate easing of safety requirements

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Signs of failure at AFR grow

As a keen but increasingly troubled reader of the AFR this morning’s contribution to the search for a 2nd Sydney Airport site saga suggests severe quality failures at the paper.

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Dreamliner 787: Management issues add to technical failures

While the integrity of the electrical systems and lithium ion batteries on 787 Dreamliners remain centre stage the failures of management at Boeing and public administration at the FAA are increasingly difficult to avoid

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Plain talking about Dick Smith and censorship

Dick Smith and the writer have disagreed about almost everything since we became friends, and rivals, as rock climbers in the 1960s, after being part of successive attempts on Balls Pyramid near Lord Howe Island. But the prime time censorship of his Australia Day ‘Dick Smith Foods’ TV commercial is ridiculous and creepy. You can [...]

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Emirates: Adding 3xA380s 2x777s this month Qatar : 787s from Feb

Emirates and Qatar issue more bragging rights PR, but they do have some points to score

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Thirty seconds of jetapocalypso from Gizmodo

A staggering vision of some sort of commercial jetliner apocalypse.

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Airbus A319 with sharklets makes a timely first flight

Hmm. How would this look in Qantaslink livery?

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Qantas fleet rumors, who is dreaming?

The approach of the 2 November Qantas AGM and discussions within the airline are keeping a denied 787 rumor alive, but are the Dreamliner believers dreaming?

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Tiger partner Mandala launches new Indonesia routes

Further to the route and branch battle for territory going on at Singapore Airport, Tiger Airways partner Mandala Airlines, will start flights from Changi to both Padang in Sumatra and Denpasar in Bali on 1 December. Tiger has shares in Mandala, and the investment adds to its participation in the Indonesian air travel sector. This [...]

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Ryanair fuels a debate about being dead right

Although it was overshadowed in this country by matters related to Qantas, Ryanair has been having high profile fuel emergencies since July, in which its jets, fueled to the minimum and thus legal requirements for the flights they were making, had to make urgent landings because legal or not, they hadn’t loaded enough fuel to [...]

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Sliding seat invention could speed aircraft boarding

A US design firm has come up with a plan for airline seats that slide sideways to make it easier to board and leave crowded jets. The logic is persuasive, but the illustration looks awful. Molon Labe Design’s concept takes on one of the most annoying and for some passengers, stressful things about flying, which [...]

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American Airlines flyers warned to choose other carriers

When a senior columnist on the Wall St Journal warns travellers to ‘book away from’ American Airlines because of the dysfunctionality arising from its bankruptcy and labor problems it is clearly time to pay attention. American Airlines is an important partner of Qantas in the US, but this isn’t a story about Qantas, but about [...]

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Air NZ cabin upgrades to give it stronger 777 strategy

This mornings announcement by Air New Zealand that it will upgrade its fleet of eight 777-200ERs to offer the same cabin features as its larger 777-300ERs is a clear signal that it intends to apply the advantages it gets from this airliner right across its network. The NZ -200ERs are comparatively young jets, and the [...]

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Lufthansa’s low cost airline project name says it all

It’s hardly surprising to read reports that Lufthansa is contemplating a low cost subsidiary, but the name of the project, Direct4You, is a commendably blunt admission of one of the major reasons why Ryanair and easyJet are faster growing and more profitable on intra-European routes than appears to be the case for the struggling German [...]

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SIA group adds another jewel to its India crown

One city at a time the Singapore Airlines group continues to fight the battle of Changi Airport with a weapon Qantas doesn’t have, which is a premium regional Asia carrier. This time it is the start of flights from Singapore’s Changi hub to Vizag (or in full, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh) with its full service [...]

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