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BEN SANDILANDS | July 03, 2015 | PAY | 1 |

Qantas to make 5% bonus payment to those on pay freeze deals

Qantas and group CEO Alan Joyce. The good times come into focus

Qantas is ‘in the money’ and has announced that a one-off bonus payment will be made to all employees covered by an 18-month wage freeze policy as part of their collective agreement after it announces in August this financial year’s profit results. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 03, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 3 |

Framework for Airbus A330 completion factory in China agreed

A China Southern A330 on the assembly line in Toulouse

As expected, Airbus has confirmed that ‘green’ A330s built in Toulouse will be flown to Tianjin in China to a new completion facility which will value add to the basic airframes before delivery to customers under a newly agreed framework with its PRC partners.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 03, 2015 | VOLCANIC ASH | |

Bali flights in disarray because of volcanic ash cloud

Mt Raung and its high and wide caldera on a clear day

 

Update All Bali flights now appear to have returned to normal, but it would be prudent to check your airline’s site before heading to the airport.

School holiday flights to Bali are being cancelled or delayed because a cloud of volcanic ash from Mount Raung in East Java has drifted into airspace used for the airport at Denpasar. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 6 |

Taipei turbo-prop crash reports hit recycle button

It is disturbing that reports today are saying that the crash of a TransAsia ATR turbo-prop in Taiwan early this year  was caused by one of the pilots inadvertently shutting down the remaining good engine on the commuter flight after one of its two engines had failed shortly after take off.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 02, 2015 | FUN | 2 |

Air NZ makes point about ski holidays with giant snowball fight

Kids, don't do this at the ski resorts. From the AirNZ YouTube

Air NZ has revived the roman catapult or trebuchet in its opening shot in the trans Tasman ski holiday contest that always breaks out at this time of year.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 02, 2015 | CABINS | 33 |

Has the Dreamliner been ruined by some airlines that fly it?

Will Air NZ provides us with another 787 economy cabin photo full of All Blacks?

There is, at the very least, a note of caution for Qantas in one of those listicles in which a web site has provided 10 illustrated reasons for avoiding flying in economy on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 01, 2015 | SPACE | 6 |

Ceres the micro planet gets stranger as probe closes in

This newly released view of Ceres was taken in mid-June.

That pyramid shaped protrusion from the side of micro planet Ceres has now been seen from another closer angle, and … it is as strange and unexplained as ever.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 01, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 4 |

Big A330 order moves Airbus closer to wide-body factory in China

The Airbus A330, racking up orders almost a decade longer than envisaged

Orders and commitments to up to 75 A330s for China’s airlines are being reported in France as a step closer to Airbus setting up a wide-body completion factory in the PRC.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 01, 2015 | OPEN SKIES | 4 |

Emirates rebuts subsidy claims, but who will read its evidence?

Tim Clark, president and CEO of Emirates, and No 1 customer for big Airbuses and Boeings

Opinion

Emirates has handed US authorities a massively documented rebuttal of claims by America’s three largest airlines that it is unfairly competing with them, and that as a consequence, it should be locked down by restrictions on its access to key air travel markets.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 30, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Vietnam pushes on with massive airport for Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City's current but increasingly crowded airport in 2012

Vietnam is reported as having further advanced the construction of a massive new hub airport for Ho Chi Minh City which will could grow to a capacity to handle more than 100 million passengers a year by the middle of the century.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 28, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 13 |

Xenophon hits out at 2nd Sydney Airport ‘monopoly’ risks

Senator Nick Xenophon in his element, unloading on fundamental issues ignored by major parties

One of the disturbing things about Sydney’s much needed second airport at Badgerys Creek is the unwillingness of the major parties to do anything to break the monopoly pricing situation that would arise if it becomes owned by the same interests as the existing airport.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 28, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 6 |

Calls for MH17 guilt tribunal raise tricky issues

After a harsh northern winter, more remains were recovered from MH17 impact zones

The limitations the UN body ICAO sets on air crash investigations would support fresh calls for a separate tribunal to identify and if possible pursue those responsible for the mid air destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on 17 July 2014.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 27, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 6 |

Dick versus Angus over air space reform in Australia

Are we wasting millions, and destroying general aviation, by inadequately and unfairly introducing new air traffic control technology?

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 26, 2015 | PAINT JOBS | 6 |

New NZ flag design winner! Would it end Air NZ’s vegetarian pirate livery?

Christchurch design student Denise Fung's winning entry

The impressive winning  entry in a private competition to redesign New Zealand’s flag could inspire a radical, and perhaps much needed, change in Air New Zealand’s livery.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 26, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 21 |

Jetstar HK debacle underlines perils of LCC franchising in Asia

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, disappointed but not yet defeated over HK rejection.

After years of sometimes bombastic rhetoric about how Qantas would control its Jetstar franchises in Asia through what would have been puppet managements the prolonged efforts to set up a Jetstar Hong Kong operation have been rejected by its authorities.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 25, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 10 |

Jetstar’s Hong Kong carrier refused permission to operate

Three Jetstar A320s at Toulouse two years ago, ordered in optimistic times

Jetstar’s application to operate a Hong Kong subsidiary has been rejected by Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority. It’s a serious blow to Qantas’s significant investments in setting up a network of low cost trans border Jetstar franchises in Asia.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 24, 2015 | HACKING | 17 |

MH370 computer hack risk underlined by Polish airlines attack

Hackers at work at a Chaos Computer Club congress in Berlin

Concerns that crucial computer programs were hacked or interfered with onboard lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been given tacit acceptance by authorities and searchers for almost as long as the Boeing 777-200ER  has been missing.  The news about an apparent hack attack on LOT Polish airlines, and earlier, on United Airlines, can only add to those fears.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 24, 2015 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 5 |

Qantas moves to silence book called Fighting Words

A visionary Getty photo of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce

It’s reasonable to say there wouldn’t be a ‘real’ reporter who doesn’t want to read Fighting Words a new book by Lucinda Holdforth the long-time speechwriter for the airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce.

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