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BEN SANDILANDS | October 16, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 6 |

Satellite company Inmarsat adds to cautions on MH370 search

The commentary being provided at an official level on the MH370 deep sea search now underway off Perth has taken an increasingly cautious tone in recent weeks, and that has now been reinforced by the satellite company Inmarsat.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 16, 2014 | HISTORY | 9 |

50 years ago today Australia’s domestic jet age began

The day a toss of a coin decided which now vanished Australian domestic airline would go down in history as the first to fly a jet airliner into the country.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 15, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

India’s largest airline places massive new order for A320 NEOs

An Airbus rendering of an IndiGo A320 NEO

Having previously ordered  280 Airbus A320s  (100 A320 CEOs and 180 A320 NEOs) India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo has just signed an MoU for a further 250 A320 NEOs.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 15, 2014 | REGIONAL FLIGHTS | 3 |

Qantas keeps its roots alive in Queensland airline services

Inside an early Q.A.N.T.A.S DH86. Trade those windows and space for a Q400? You bet

Qantas continues to fly regular links between towns in Queensland where its story began in 1920 as a result of the state government’s latest review and tender processes for its regulated air routes.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 14, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 14 |

Jetstar loses more in Japan as pressure mounts in Vietnam

A different type of airline disaster report. The news about Jetstar in Asia gets worse on two fronts in Japan and Vietnam

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 14, 2014 | FUEL COSTS | |

Fuel falls, but will fares and new jet orders fall with it?

If jet fuel continues to fall Qantas and Virgin could start making more money from travellers than airport car parking and coffee franchises!

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 13, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 8 |

The plight of the An-225 Mriya, and aviation reporting

Mriya, the dream, and the only one of its type.

The New York Times has published an outstandingly good report on the sad state of affairs at the great Antonov airliner designer and maker and made it, as well, a telling story about current affairs in Ukraine.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 11, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 27 |

Emirates chief Clark repeats doubts over MH370 official narrative

For a third time, and with considerable support from within the airline industry, Emirates President and CEO Tim Clark has made it clear he doesn’t believe the official Malaysia narrative concerning the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 10, 2014 | POLAR FLIGHTS | 10 |

Australia’s Antarctic air plans will boost Tassie tourism

Antarctic Strategy soft peddles on air links, but does enough to give Hobart a runway on which to land Tasmania’s long distance international tourism ambitions

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 10, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 27 |

MH17 Oxygen mask found around neck of Australian victim

Dutch authorities have apologised for distress that might have been caused by revealing that an oxygen mask was draped around ( or ‘over’ in some translations) the neck of an Australian victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 08, 2014 | ALLIANCES | 3 |

Etihad targets Star, Oneworld with new Partners brand

How will Etihad compete for customer loyalty with the big two global alliances, Star and Oneworld? By keeping their long broken promises it seems.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 08, 2014 | HISTORY | 13 |

Qantas celebrates 70th year of the flying kangaroo logo

The lumbering, thundering appearance of B-24 Liberators in Australian skies emptied class rooms and playgrounds and city streets filled with awed watchers transfixed by their passage.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 07, 2014 | AIRLINE FAILURES | 6 |

Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red is dead

The streaker’s defence as applied by Richard Branson to Little Red. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 07, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 1 |

Boeing puts case for massive growth with same sized jets

Boeing and Airbus market forecasts are often framed in the rhetoric of Lions v Christians in the Coliseum. But they always generate sobering statistics that need careful consideration.

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 06, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

MH370 mystery is as weird on dry land as it is on the sea floor

The search for the truth about MH370 is just as elusive on dry land as it is 6000 meters down in the timeless darkness of the southern Indian Ocean

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 05, 2014 | AIR RAGE | 17 |

Etihad incident? How should air rage be dealt with?

The diversion of pilot attention to what is going on in the cabin rather than the cockpit is the point at which air rage becomes really serious

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 04, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 10 |

Scoot’s 787-9 blessed, but will Sydney be so lucky

More red signals from low cost airlines as demand flies south

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BEN SANDILANDS | October 03, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 6 |

AirAsia’s next hub could be Dubai

AirAsia CEO and group founder Tony Fernandes has made a pitch to authorities in Dubai to set up his next franchise at either its major airport, Dubai International, or its future mega airport Al Maktoum at the emerging Dubai World Central trade precinct.

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