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BEN SANDILANDS | May 03, 2015 | JETS ELECTRIC | 21 |

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

The E-Fan prototype parked under the wing of an Airbus A400M

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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BEN SANDILANDS | May 02, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 8 |

Second Sydney Airport discussions fail to mention bank fees

Hamburg Airport's S-bahn extension. Clean, cheap, frequent and well connected

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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BEN SANDILANDS | May 01, 2015 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 5 |

Virgin Australia tames the Tiger but overall losses persist in Q3

Virgin Australia A330-200, crucial to its transcontinental presence

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 30, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH370 and MH17 said to cause massive fleet disposal

The truth about soon to shrink Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 remains elusive

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 30, 2015 | SERVICEABILITY | 19 |

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 29, 2015 | HYPERSONICS | 14 |

Warning: hyperbolic hypersonic flight stories inbound!

An illustration from the University of Sydney press release

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 28, 2015 | APPOINTMENTS | 5 |

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

Ms Elizabeth Bryan, who replaces the much respected Neil Chatfield as Virgin Australia's chairperson

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 27, 2015 | MARKET FORECASTS | 19 |

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

An Airbus A350 at Sydney, expect more of them and bigger by 2033

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 25, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 41 |

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

An Etihad A380, soon to muscle in on Emirates in the Australian market.

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 25, 2015 | VOLCANIC ASH | 1 |

Qantas recalls Santiago flight as Chilean volcanic ash spreads

This recent photo of the Calbuco eruption is from an ABC News viewer

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 24, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 2 |

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 24, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | |

A truly polar plane crash reported

And now for something completely different

This is what you get if the need is for a small jet for very rugged strips

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2015 | SPACE | 3 |

Dawn catches up with mini planet’s strange bright spots

NASA's most recent image of mystery mini planet Ceres

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 51 |

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 disappearance.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2015 | HIGH SPEED TRAINS | 19 |

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

The seven car maglev test train that broke 600 kmh

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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BEN SANDILANDS | April 20, 2015 | ALLIANCES | 16 |

What might the Emirates Qantas alliance look like by 2023?

Emirates president and CEO Tim Clark, and its vehicle of growth the A380

News overnight that Emirates wants to extend its alliance with Qantas to 2023 might seem ho hum, but what exactly will it look like by then?

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 18, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 8 |

Emirates enjoins Rolls-Royce in its push for an A380 NEO

An Emirates A380: Does it distort the market, or drive it to new heights?

Emirates’ powers of persuasion were apparent at a number of levels in yesterday’s high stakes switch to Rolls-Royce as the engine maker for 50 already ordered Airbus A380s.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2015 | ROUTES | 51 |

Qantas returns to Perth-Singapore route (but with 737s)

A very special Qantas 737-800, Qantas photo.

It’s taken a while, but Qantas has given in to common sense and pressure from its Western Australian customers and re-instated services between Perth and Singapore from 26 June.

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