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BEN SANDILANDS | January 19, 2016 | ROUTES | 34 |

NZ report gives more details of SingaporeAir plan for Canberra

A Singapore Airlines 777-200ER at Perth

Updated:  The official announcement this morning puts the start of service as September and the airliner type a Boeing 777-200.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 18, 2016 | AIR CRASHES | 11 |

Australia’s MH370 search attacks critics over untruthful claims

The cruel sea beneath which the durable wreckage of MH370 lies

There may be many things that justify calling out the ATSB, but for the most part the search for MH370 isn’t one of them, and today it hit back at recent criticism in The Australian over the most basic factual misrepresentations of its role, responsibilities, and the narrative it has updated at regular intervals. 

BEN SANDILANDS | January 17, 2016 | HOAXES | 5 |

MH370 beach hoax claim vanishes like the jet

Earlier today there was excitement, in some quarters, at the finding of a part of MH370 on a beach in Sarawak slightly SE of the last ATC transponder visible position of the Malaysia Airlines jet over the Gulf of Thailand nearly two years ago.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 16, 2016 | HEALTH RISKS | 16 |

Will true darkness fall on Qantas 787 Dreamliner passengers?

One of the best features of the 787 is going dark, or darker. Runway Girl Network has reported that a version of the Dreamliner’s dimmable windows that is 100 times darker is in the works.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 14, 2016 | ROUTES | 25 |

Emirates A380s continue to eat the Australian market

An Emirates A380 at Perth

The aircraft that sweeps up the most profitable passengers, the A380, will go double daily for Emirates between Perth and Dubai from 1 August.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 13, 2016 | AIR CRASHES | 10 |

MH370 search finds another shipwreck

A terrible thought arises from the latest MH370 search update, which has discovered a second shipwreck on the floor of the southern Indian Ocean five to six days sailing time SW of Fremantle.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 12, 2016 | ROUTES | 19 |

SingaporeAir could start Canberra contest with its flights

Canberra’s Roos sculpture might soon welcome international flights

A shout out to Joe Aston on the Australian Financial Review for saying Singapore Airlines is about to announce flights to Wellington via Canberra.


Would you pay $2550 month for unlimited Sydney-Melbourne flights?

From the Surf Air web site, note the single engined Pilatus prop

The ‘disruptive’ potential of subscription ‘all you can fly’ airline operations in Australia is very high, despite the barriers to success. Airly, a proposed new Sydney-Melbourne service reported by Fairfax  today, comes with some very strong pros and cons.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 11, 2016 | AIR SAFETY | 29 |

Good story about MH370 gets a bit hysterical

A commons media photo of the doomed jet 9M-MRO in service

The Australian today has become the last newspaper to discover that the ATSB thinks MH370’s pilots were incapacitated for the final hours of its flight to a crash site in the south Indian Ocean.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 09, 2016 | ADVENTURES | 8 |

A very different Dreamliner completes epic vintage flight from UK to Sydney

In between the big jets at Sydney, a Boeing Stearman taxis to the end of an epic: Simon Bullard

If you were in your jet on a Sydney taxiway today you might have seen this tiny 1942 Boeing Stearman (above) complete its epic trip from the UK, emulating British aviatrix Amy Johnson’s flight to Australia in 1930.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 09, 2016 | AIR CRASHES | 33 |

MH370 and “the captain did it” revisited

A new best estimate of the most likely locations of MH370

There is a very good, but not necessarily completely or maybe even partially correct rehashing of the view that MH370 was hijacked by its captain in The Australian today.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 08, 2016 | SPACE | 2 |

Boeing’s new NASA space pilots try out Starliner simulator

The Starliner has roomier quarters, and more advanced systems for its pilots

Aerospace isn’t just Boeing versus Airbus, but versus SpaceX as the new order in privately owned manned orbital supply rockets moves closer to taking over the risks and rewards of servicing space outposts like the International Space Station (ISS).

BEN SANDILANDS | January 07, 2016 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 1 |

Tigerair teams up with Flight Centre to hunt better in the jungle

Tigerair CEO Rob Sharp (nearest engine intake) and team, keen to make buying easy.

There is a ‘back story’ to the otherwise ho hum announcement that Tigerair and Flight Centre have teamed up in a three years strategic alliance.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 05, 2016 | BAGGAGE | 25 |

Malaysia Airlines un-imposes mystery checked bag ban on Europe routes

Flightradar24’s graphic showing the longer, windier route from KL to Europe

Updated All this nonsense has now ended

Malaysia Airlines has resumed its ‘normal’ routes to Europe and lifted its idiotic bans on checked luggage in their entirety.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 05, 2016 | AIR SAFETY | 21 |

Hoverboard burns down house near airport

The hoverboard in the house it burned down, courtesy ABC

The most important thing to note about this morning’s Melbourne hoverboard fire that burned down a house which coincidentally was near Essendon Airport was that the house wasn’t at 40,000 feet at the time.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 04, 2016 | ATROCITIES | 11 |

MH17 criminal probe ticks on, and could blow up in our faces

A DSB graphic of the BUK detonation that destroyed MH17

Updated with link to new ‘citizen journalist’ report*

A recent Dutch news report, picked up by Live Leak, is a reminder that the Australian government’s rhetoric about the MH17 atrocity is on course for a rough ride this year as the Dutch criminal inquiry continues its pursuit of guilty parties in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines 777 while in transit over a civil war zone in Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with the loss of 298 lives.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 01, 2016 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 13 |

But, will All Nippon buy more than three Airbus A380s?

That wing, designed for a future, even larger A380


There are reports abroad, of which this in AirInsight is the best, that All Nippon Airways is buying three Airbus A380s.

BEN SANDILANDS | December 30, 2015 | GROWTH | 5 |

2016: No predictions but issues aplenty

Screen shot of montage of LAX departures on a fine day

No one ever really sees the future, but the issues for air transport this coming year are easy to pick.