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BEN SANDILANDS | September 08, 2014 | PAINT JOBS | 11 |

Southwest’s PR leak gushes all over social media

Dog help us if this is a clever social media fake!

Someone at US low cost carrier Southwest must be very, very annoyed by social media at the moment.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 06, 2014 | CABINS | 10 |

Japan Airlines puts some of the ‘dream’ back into 787s

Current livery Japan Airlines 787-8: Wikipedia Commons

Given the overall trend to destroy the amenity of air travel by airlines intent on crushing the life out of our limbs with ever tighter seating, small reversals of form merit praise.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 05, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 4 |

Air Asia Extra gets Indonesian AOC for long haul LCC

An AirAsia X A330-300: Commons photo

The question has to be posed. What makes the Air Asia low cost carrier franchise more successful than its Jetstar and Tiger rivals?

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 04, 2014 | LABOUR RELATIONS | 2 |

QantasLink makes big job move in small country town

Every job in a small rural town like Tamworth is gold, and especially those that are ‘vitally skilled’, like carrying out aircraft maintenance.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 04, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 9 |

Sydney curfew review could open way to ‘bigger’ as well as ‘quieter’

A Learjet 45 over Sydney. Will silence come in larger doses? Execujet photo

The headline to this story might be disputed, but consider the details. The coalition government is reviewing the small business jets allowed to fly during the bigger scheduled jet curfews at Adelaide and Sydney airports.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 03, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 21 |

Qantaslink to fly Sydney-Wellcamp 11 times weekly from 17 November

Wellcamp Airport ready for business: From its Facebook album

Qantaslink has scored a major coup by becoming the launch mainline carrier for the Wellcamp airport near Toowoomba from 17 November.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 03, 2014 | SECURITY | 4 |

Have Libyan jets been stolen for a 9/11 anniversary attack?

Top of screen on today's Washington Free Beacon bulletin

Read with caution

A conservative internet news site, the Washington Free Beacon is claiming that Libyan passenger jets have been stolen and may be used for a suicide 9/11 type attack.

There are huge problems of credibility and practicability with the US report

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 02, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 5 |

Qantas, Virgin under criticial analysis re capacity war

Qantas. Domestic. Sydney. Too much of a good thing? Qantas photo

As a recipient of a number of regular proprietary financial institution bulletins they historically tend to be very weak at picking downtrends in consumer demand, and this could mean bad news for Qantas and Virgin Australia and their low cost brands.

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BEN SANDILANDS | September 01, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

Lion Air of Indonesia damned by Bali crash inquiry

Those who need to fly between the many islands of Indonesia’s vast, exciting, and spectacular archipelago need to read reports like this one just published on Flightglobal.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 31, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 3 |

CSeries jet setback as first intended buyer backs off

Concerns about the future of the all new Canadian regional jet the Bombardier CSeries have deepened as the first intended buyer Braathens in Sweden seeks to delay deliveries until after other airlines are using it. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 31, 2014 | TOURISM | 1 |

Indonesia sets high tourism target as Australia loses the plot

Borobudur, Java, as painted 100 years ago

You don’t have to dig all that deeply to uncover unease in Australian inbound tourism stakeholders as to the calibre of the Coalition’s understanding and support for promoting travel to this country.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 30, 2014 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 12 |

Malaysia Airlines restructure plan hits raw nerves in Australia

Opinion  The arguments, mainly promoted by organised labour and political figures in Australia, that government intervention is necessary in Qantas, took hits this week from two sources. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | CABINS | 9 |

Virgin Australia to ‘obsolete’ new Qantas A330 business class

Coming a year early, a Virgin Australia 737-8 MAX: Boeing graphic

Virgin Australia had surprises for both major competitor Qantas and major shareholder Air New Zealand today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 9 |

Virgin Australia posts record $355.6 million loss

Virgin Australia’s statutory loss of $356 million after tax is higher than market speculation. The underlying loss before tax of $211.7 million appears to be where analysts expected it to be, plus or minus a few million.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 29, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 10 |

MH370 Investigators ping media about important phone call

There are two possible reasons why a satellite phone on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn’t respond to calls from frantic airline officials after it went missing on 8 March.

One would be that a conscious decision was made not to take the call, and the other, that there was no one near it who was physically able to answer it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 4 |

Qantas: A massive loss creats a massive share punt

The frozen Jetstar in Asia footprint: From the Qantas FY14 filings

Investors had two Qantas activities to consider today. The one that flies passengers and continues to do a very poor job of it in terms of returns, and the one that pumps ‘optionality’ in offering new stock structures for its domestic and international arms.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 50 |

Qantas loss $2.843 billion, live blog

Qantas has just reported a statutory loss after tax of $2.843 billion dollars and an underlying loss after tax of $646 million for the year to 30 June.

The loss far exceeds market expectations, and was primarily driven by a massive write down in the value of the international fleet.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 28, 2014 | EXTRAVAGANCE | 3 |

Etihad announces the return of the $50,000* London fare!

Etihad’s over the top $43,000 London flights take us back to similar equivalent fares for kangaroo route flights post WWII

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