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BEN SANDILANDS | January 29, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 2 |

MH370 media conference abruptly cancelled

What ‘unforseen circumstance’ caused the abrupt cancellation of a media and next of kin briefing about MH370 in Kuala Lumpur today?

BEN SANDILANDS | January 29, 2015 | HISTORY | 8 |

Qantas first 747-400 to make an amazing last flight into history

A wiki Commons photo of VH-OJA on a normal landing approach

The first Qantas 747-400, which has held, since 1989, the title for the longest unrefueled flight commercial airliner flight between London and Sydney, is set to make what may be the world’s shortest ever delivery flight

BEN SANDILANDS | January 28, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 7 |

MH370: As the search ships gather, a new report is promised

Optimism in the search for MH370, ships congregating in the south Indian Ocean, and a 7 March release for the next report from the Malaysian investigation. It’s all happening, maybe!

BEN SANDILANDS | January 28, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 2 |

Suppressed AirAsia preliminary crash report springs leaks

Are all of the critical parts of Air Asia 8501 being recovered?

The preliminary report of the investigation into the 28 December crash of an AirAsia A320 into the Java Sea ought to have been released yesterday, and appears to be slowly leaking out.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 27, 2015 | ROUTES | 25 |

Would you really fly to Beijing one stop if non-stop is available?

An Air China Airbus A330-200 in a special logo no longer flown

Air China 中国国际航空公司 has posed an interesting dilemma for loyal Qantas and Virgin Australia customers with its new non-stop flights between Melbourne and Beijing with an initial four times weekly service from 1 June using two class Airbus A330-200s.


Do you cry when you fly?

Look, there ARE no upgrades on this flight!

Only when reading Plane Talking isn’t the answer to this question. In the Crikey Insider subscriber bulletin today you can weep over the knighting of the bigot racist prince, or, find a very interesting story by Mel Campbell about something many of us might have done, or noticed, while flying.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 27, 2015 | OUR HEROES | 7 |

ANZAC 100: A very special Qantas flight

George Lambert's ANZAC the landing 1915

An Australian Government, Qantas collaboration announced today to provide support for ANZAC Centenary activities marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings includes a very special set of flights.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 27, 2015 | FUEL COSTS | 9 |

Qantas gradually breaks the bad news about cheaper fuel

Get over it! Falling petrol prices at the service station pumps aren’t a reliable sign as to what will happen to air fares on domestic and international flights in Australia.


The Battle for Heathrow, and much more, is on yet again

Aer Lingus, a small but potent pawn in Atlantic-European airline contests

The likelihood that Irish carrier Aer Lingus will accept a takeover bid from IAG,  the company that owns British Airways and Spanish flag carrier Iberia is the stuff of battles left, right and centre and the “fun” is expected to begin from all quarters later this week.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 24, 2015 | SPACE | 5 |

Comet lander revival in race between receding shadows and imminent eruptions

Not a cosmic snowball, but a one eyed carbon rich comet in this perspective

Whether comet lander Philae, stuck in a dark hole without power on the surface of Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, comes back to life has become a race between receding shadows and eruptions of gas and dust.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 24, 2015 | STRATEGY | 87 |

Grounded: How Qantas CEO Joyce pulled it down with a txt

From the happier moments folder, Joyce (left) with Dixon.

SMH business journalist Matt O’Sullivan’s new book Mayday about the ideological and egotistical struggles over the future of Qantas reveals much about the planning Qantas CEO Alan Joyce put into his October 2011 ambush grounding of the airline.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 23, 2015 | STRATEGY | 16 |

China might not become a wide open gateway to Europe

There is another more effective Great Wall in China, when it comes to air access

The ‘improved’ air services agreement with China to be announced today Friday might be an excuse for firing up the ‘lock up our skies’ debate to protect Qantas, but this isn’t a simple issue.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 22, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 21 |

Australia seeks help in recovering MH370 wreckage, bodies

The Ile de Sein, which did all the heavy lifting of Air France's AF447

In another sign of strong optimism that the wreckage of MH370 is about to be found, Australia is seeking expressions of interests from organisations that possess the assets needed to bring parts of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 to the surface .

BEN SANDILANDS | January 22, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Vague minister, generous airline, Pel-Air issues mount up

Warren Truss, who has some further explaining to do

Amazing and inexplicable coincidences have come to light involving party political donations from REX, the owner of Pel-Air, in 2012, after a fierce internal disagreement had broken out in that year in the ATSB over the conduct of its investigation of the ditching of a Pel-Air jet in 2009.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 22, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 22 |

AirAsia’s ‘screaming’ alarms story a disaster porn beat up

Following on the official nonsense from the chair of Indonesia’s transportation safety committee about not releasing the AirAsia 8501 crash preliminary report another anonymous investigator has been quoted by the media about the alarms in the cockpit ‘screaming’ at the pilots .

BEN SANDILANDS | January 21, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 10 |

AirAsia crash info lurches between secrecy and disclosure

Following the AirAsia crash developments is being made difficult by the variability of the quality and openness of the information being provided or withheld by the authorities.

BEN SANDILANDS | January 21, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 21 |

AirAsia crash details raise issues over training and state of jet

Singapore Defence montage of discovery of 8501 fuselage

An abnormal climb rate, possible pre-existing damage to the jet, and questions about ‘upset’ training and pilot standards are all emerging as considerations in the AirAsia disaster that killed 162 people last month

BEN SANDILANDS | January 20, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 10 |

Pel-Air, party donations, and air safety. An inexplicable coincidence?

Conditional kudos to The Australian today for bringing something that might seem inexplicably coincidental in terms of political donations and hitherto secret lapses in the public administration of air safety in this country into the national mainstream media.


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