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BEN SANDILANDS | July 20, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 14 |

MH17 Ukraine made serious money from airline overflights

The exact sums have not been publicly established, but Ukraine had tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake from flights that used its air space to save time and fuel and other operating costs while flying between Asia and Europe.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 20, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

MH17 More Malaysia finger pointing at ICAO re flight path

Malaysia’s transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, has again blamed Eurocontrol and ICAO for flight MH17 being flown over the heart of a disputed zone in eastern Ukraine where it was shot down by a surface to air missile last Thursday, 17 July.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 19, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 43 |

MH17 Who sent it over the middle of the worst hostilities?

MH 17 on 17 July. Right over the thick of it. Who decided?

Why did Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fly much further north than usual, to the area where it was shot down, than it had during the previous six days?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 34 |

MH17 Malaysia’s transport minister ducks obvious questions

The jet that was shot down, a 777-200ER identical to the one lost flying MH370: Commons photo

In his first major media conference since the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 the new transport minister Liow Tiong Lai avoided answering persistent queries as to the airline’s decision to use the flight corridor that crossed  a war zone in eastern Ukraine.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 35 |

MH17 How could airlines, ATC be so ignorant and negligent?

Commentary  The truth about the destruction of MH17 has come out far faster than the baffling and totally unrelated mystery of the disappearance of MH370 on 8 March.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 16 |

MH17: Three jets crossed that war zone, one didn’t make it

The FlightAware path of SQ333, an A380, that missed the missile yesterday

It could have been a Singapore Airlines A380, or one of its Boeing 772s, that took the missile over eastern Ukraine, in a place no jet airliner should ever, under any circumstances, have been flown.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 35 |

MH17: Malaysia 777 was deliberately tracked and destroyed

An AvWeek traffic capture showing flights are avoiding Ukraine skies after atrocity

Intelligence reports in the US and UK are unequivocal as to the cause of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the eastern Ukraine yesterday (Thursday) afternoon local time killing all 295 people on board.

A heavy vehicle mounted surface to air missile system locked onto the Boeing 777-200ER, tracked it, and then launched the missile that brought it down in pieces close to the Russian border.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 18, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 18 |

MH17: Malaysia Airlines 777 ‘shot down’ over Ukraine 295 dead

ABC News/AFP image of the MH17 crash site

Confirmed 27 Australians among dead

The blame game over the killing of all 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines 777 flying as MH17 over the eastern Ukraine by an apparent missile strike around 11.15 pm eastern Australian time is in full swing despite key facts not yet being established.

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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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