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BEN SANDILANDS | November 18, 2015 | LOYALTY PROGRAMS | 5 |

Consumer trust crisis stalks Qantas, Virgin Australia

Whether they like it or not, Qantas and Virgin Australia may have a growing crisis of trust to deal with among their customers.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2015 | TERRORISM | 10 |

Sinai crash bomb confirmation is bad news for airport owners

Russia’s confirmation that traces of explosive have been found on baggage and debris from the Metrojet A321 that crashed in the Sinai desert is very bad news for privately owned airports as well as airlines. It also implies dissatisfaction with the Egyptian government’s capacity to tell the truth about the disaster that killed 224 people […]

BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 26 |

The ugly side of social media and piloting writ large

On a day when this writer is about to attend a memorial for a friend who died in controversial circumstances in a recent helicopter crash, Flight Safety Australia has published a story about social media trolling that journalists, commentators, and pilots ought to carefully consider.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 16, 2015 | HISTORY | 15 |

The day the 1st Qantas 707 stopped a school yard rumble

Some of us remember what we were doing the day mankind walked on the moon, but fewer might recall what they were doing the day the first Qantas 707 landed at Sydney Airport, and brought regular jet airliner flights to Australia.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 15, 2015 | TERRORISM | 2 |

In other news, Russia suspends flights by Egyptian airline

Egyptian State Media supplied image of the tail area of Metrojet 9268

In a development overtaken by the terrorist attacks in France, Russia has suspended services by Egyptian flag carriers to its airports.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 13, 2015 | ROUTES | 1 |

Another spoke, to Vietnam, for Air NZ’s Pacific wheel

The possible Vietnam Airlines response, one of its brand new Airbus A350s

Not just new non-stop flights to Houston and Buenos Aires (both by year’s end) but to Ho Chi Minh City from next June. Air New Zealand continues to build more spokes for its Pacific wheel and Auckland hub.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 12, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 29 |

ATSB now has only one set of black boxes lost at sea

The rear end of the sunk Pel-Air Westwind jet

The ATSB has now recovered the black boxes from the Pel-Air crash site that it should have promptly retrieved in 2009.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 12, 2015 | ALLIANCES | |

SingaporeAir+ Lufthansa buries the hatchet in Etihad+AirBerlin

The muscle jet common to all the combatants, an Airbus A380

The significance of Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa working as one in Germany wouldn’t be lost on Etihad and its one third stake in AirBerlin. This is all about the Changi hub versus the Middle East hubs, as well as a strike back at the ME3 in general.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 11, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Japan’s first commercial jetliner the MRJ90 starts test flights

The first MRJ90 at Nagoya in the days before the start of its flying program

The second Japan designed and built modern airliner and the first to be jet powered, the Mitsubishi MRJ90, started its test and certification flying program at Nagoya Airport today.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 11, 2015 | ROUTES | 10 |

American aid program for NZ tourism starts next June with daily 787s

With 111 less seats than Jetstar flies, this is a more comfortable Dreamliner ride

There is hope for normal sized adults seeking an economy fare in a tight fit Dreamliner 787-8  if flying between Auckland and Los Angeles daily from next 16 June.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 10, 2015 | ROUTES | 9 |

Singapore Airlines to put A350-900 on new major German route

A Singapore Airlines A350-900 with its characteristic 'shades' cockpit window line

Singapore Airlines has given Australia’s carriers something to reflect on with its decision to put its growing fleet of Airbus A350-900s on the route to Düsseldorf in Germany from 21 July next year.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 09, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 10 |

Six years on, ATSB about to recover Pel-Air flight data recorder

In another triumph of administrative efficiency, diligence and focus the Australian Transport Safety Bureau or ATSB, is poised, after almost six years, to recover the flight recorder from the Pel-Air Westwind corporate jet that was ditched in the sea near Norfolk Island on 18 November 2009.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 09, 2015 | SEATING | 5 |

Emirates keeps the space safe for economy flyers in its 615 seat A380s

What will Airbus do with the potential of the A380 wing in the future?

There is some rare good news for the large majority of air travellers in the new 615 seat version of the Emirates A380 on display at the Dubai Air Show.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 08, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 15 |

Sinai disaster: Cockpit voice recorder picks up unusual sound

A disturbing possibly staged photo from the Sinai crash site

A media conference overnight by the Egypt led investigation of the Metrojet crash in the Sinai says the cockpit voice recorder has now been downloaded and ends with an unidentified sound.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 07, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 30 |

Russia suddenly agrees bomb likely destroyed Sinai Metrojet

Shear lines are apparent in this section of tail wreckage at the Sinai crash site

Egyptian government efforts to tone down bomb talk about the Metrojet disaster in the Sinai a week ago today have been set back  by Russia joining the UK and EU in banning flights to the area because of  indications terrorists destroyed the flight.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 06, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 9 |

Will SingaporeAir and Virgin Australia kill off Tigerair brand?

Uh oh. Yet another Tiger paint job coming up? James Morgan photo

No-one should be surprised that Singapore Airlines is keen to buy all the outstanding shares it doesn’t already own in Tiger Airways Holdings, but it will underscore the fierce destruction of wealth the low cost venture wrought on some of its shareholders.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 06, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 38 |

Big pink or cerise or whatever, this A380 engine is for a big twin

The first test bed flight of the Trent XWB-97 engine about to land at Toulouse

It’s hard to define the exact shade of pink or cerise on the test engine that flew for the first time on an Airbus A380 test bed out of Toulouse overnight, and maybe that’s true of the further roles for the technology in this Rolls-Royce engine as well.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 05, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 22 |

Brisbane (far) West Wellcamp to get its first 747 this month

The shape of things to come for Brisbane West Wellcamp: A Cathay Pacific 747-8F

A little more than a year after its first scheduled airliner services began with Qantaslink turboprops on 17 November 2014, Brisbane West Wellcamp will see its first international service this 23 November in a cargo flight by a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8F.


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