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BEN SANDILANDS | July 17, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 4 |

Airbus says stop Emirates says go on new engined A380s

An A380 at Farnborough, with an A400M doing a demo beyond: Airbus photo

There is a hint of tension in the air between Airbus and global giant Emirates as to the timing, if not the fate, of any plans to equip the biggest passenger jet, the A380, with the latest engine technology as being applied to lesser sized Airbuses and Boeings in the A330NEO, A350, 777-X and 787 Dreamliner families.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 17, 2014 | CONSUMER RATINGS | 6 |

Skytrax airline awards go unqueried by the media

Voting of a different kind, a polling station in the ACT: Courtesy ABC News

Is it the role of the media to just churn out topped and tailed press releases, as it has with the latest round of Skytrax airline awards, or should it actually resort to journalism, and ask questions and raise issues?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 16, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 5 |

AirAsia X will fly Airbus A330 NEOs all over Australia

Airbus graphic of an A330-900neo in AirAsia X livery

No-one in the airline game would be surprised by AirAsia X being the first carrier to commit to the A330 NEO.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 16, 2014 | JINGOISM | 5 |

Qantas Sale Act reform deal is almost useless

Handover day in Dubai in 2013 when Qantas gave routes to Emirates

Commentary Much of the language on talk back radio and live TV about the overnight Qantas Sale Act reform deal between the Coalition and Labor shows how poorly the issues are understood at a political and public level.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 15, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 16 |

MH370 Suspicions of systems tampering strengthened by study

A wider view of the key points touched on by the 'MH370' independents

Those who think that something relevant to the loss of flight MH370 occurred in the unsecured electronics and electrical bay of the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER located behind and below its cockpit will find support for their suspicions in the latest independent review of publicly released data.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 15, 2014 | SEATING | 7 |

Boeing’s 200 seat 737-8 gives new meaning to MAX

Virgin Australia wouldn't put 200 seats in its 738 MAX. Would it? Boeing graphic

When Boeing called its new engine technology version of the 737 family the MAX series they weren’t kidding.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 15, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | |

Qantas says half sale of Jetstar Asia report is speculation

Is the Indonesian interest in Qantas controlled Jetstar Asia reported by Reuters a further sign of distress in the Qantas low cost franchise?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 14, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 5 |

The large and small of the Airbus A330 NEOs unveiled at Farnborough

Airbus graphic of its A330-900neo, compare it with the smaller -800neo below

While it is more than three years before the finally confirmed and announced A330 NEOs start being delivered, their influence on the market for wide body twin jets will be immediate.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 14, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

An Australian senator’s defence of ‘colour blind’ pilots

Senator David Fawcett takes a stand against unfair bureaucratic pursuit of not so ‘colour blind’ pilots by a dubious and discredited CASA bureaucracy

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 13, 2014 | AIRLINERS | 23 |

Airbus says factory wages lower in US than China

If it costs less to make airliners in America than Asia, a lot of things are going to change for Airbus and Boeing, and there are wider implications for the Australian economy.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 13, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Venezuela Airport charges a ‘breathing tax’

A purified air tax at a South American airport! Calling Sydney Airport, All is forgiven.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 12, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Airbus A330 NEOs fly high in sky full of rumours

Why did Airbus circulate this image last week?

So what’s left to announce at next week’s Farnborough Air Show

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 12, 2014 | SPACE | 6 |

SPOT powers up, sees your city, your childhood, from space

Raw satellite images can cause raw emotions. Explore them and you can find your past, as well as ponder your future, and that of our species.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 11, 2014 | AIRLINERS | 12 |

Emirates will fly 90 A380s by late 2017

So that's how 50 looks in a crowd shot. Delivery photo by Airbus in Hamburg

The delivery of Emirates’ A380 number 50 is not the story for the airline industry.  The story is its disclosing that it will have a further 40 of them in service in little more than three years

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | SPACE | 1 |

WhiteKnightWho shows its spectacular side on flight 150

Virgin Galactic puts its Space rocket lifter through its paces as the inaugural joy ride of its sub orbital vehicle draws closer

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Intimidation motion concerning Pel-Air raised in Senate

The independent Senator for  South Australia Nick Xenophon has served notice of a rare but very serious motion concerning the possible intimidation of a witness to a recent inquiry into the processes involved in the ATSB producing its much criticised final report into the 2009 Pel-Air crash.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 8 |

Lufthansa long haul low cost brand targets SE Asia

Could Lufthansa return to Australia through a new long haul low cost carrier in its longer term strategy to stymie Norwegian and take business back from Middle East carriers?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 09, 2014 | VIP JETS | 12 |

Shinzo Abe shows Tony Abbott a ‘real’ PM’s jet

Tony Abbott this afternoon tweeted that he was enjoying flying to the Pilbara with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

However these two photos posted by Canberra Airport how he might have enjoyed it more.

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