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BEN SANDILANDS | June 06, 2015 | CABINS | 10 |

European big two reported to be planning a quality offensive

In a startling development EU majors Air France KLM and Lufthansa Group are reported to be planning to stop complaining about the success of the leading middle East carriers and instead try competing on quality.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 06, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

US crash inquiry video sets new standards in safety reporting

The detached cockpit of UPS 1354 after the sun came up on the crash scene

America’s air crash investigator, the NTSB, has released a YouTube video summary of its findings in a 2013 cargo jet crash at Birmingham, Alabama, which could be a major advance in getting safety messages better understood and acted upon.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 05, 2015 | CARBON RELATED | 7 |

Qantas green flight gesture is more than one day wonder

Solar Impulse 2, which isn't the future shape of carbon free flight, but is about its technology.

Qantas has made a gesture toward a carbon neutral airline industry today which is far more important than its media release suggests!

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 03, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

MH370 search fleet to be halved as hopes of success fade

Why the crew working tow fish from GO Phoenix don't often step onto the deck for a break

The original four ship sea floor search fleet looking for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is about to be halved to two.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 03, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 10 |

MAX ONE starts getting its panels together at Boeing

If you were to fly incredibly close to it, this is what a Virgin 737-8 MAX would look like

That rather rakish looking Virgin Australia 737 -8 MAX  shown above is nudging closer to reality with news that Boeing has started building the first of its 737 MAX jets at its Renton assembly line in Seattle, last week. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 03, 2015 | HACKING | |

United grounded all US flights briefly today amid hacking claims

United in action at San Francisco airport: Getty Images file photo

Caution urged

Wired and Quartz are reporting that a sudden grounding of pending departures by United flights in the US earlier today was the the possible result of a computer hack which generated false flight plans although no explanation as to the cause of the disruption has yet been given by what is one of the world’s largest airlines.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 02, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

MH370 search tender and competency defended by ATSB

The ATSB has defended the MH370 search tender process and the capabilities of Fugro Survey Pty Ltd which has been performing much of the required scanning of the sea floor in prioritised areas of the southern Indian Ocean.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 01, 2015 | RESTRUCTURING | 5 |

Malaysia Airlines briefing fails to answer key questions

This next of kin of a person who vanished with MH370 wants answers, not a new image

No matter how carefully today’s restructuring briefing by Malaysia Airlines is gone over, there is much that remains uncertain.

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BEN SANDILANDS | June 01, 2015 | ROUTES | 4 |

Etihad’s A380 debut in Sydney is ‘tiny’ part of grand plan

Etihad president and CEO James Hogan, after securing half of Alitalia.

There is far more to Etihad’s ambitions in Australia than the Airbus A380 that upscaled its Sydney-Abu Dhabi services today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 29, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 19 |

Some editorial and ethical assistance for the ATSB

Another superb Rob Finlayson photo of a Qantaslink 717

When there was what appears to be a screw up with a Qantaslink 717 near Brisbane Airport  on Wednesday (27 May) the ATSB no doubt inadvertently left out any identification of Qantas with the incident in its posted notification of an investigation.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 29, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 6 |

Airbus: How small change can make big money

The most capable A330-300 yet built, the 242 tonne version delivered to Delta

Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier says the European airliner maker is making rapid progress in the eternal struggle with competitor Boeing by rolling out small but potent changes to its existing designs.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 29, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

ATSB admits failing to investigate serious ATC blackout in Melbourne

Earlier this week the chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, told a Senate Estimates hearing that he had decided not to investigate a three hour radar black out at Melbourne’s main airport at Tullamarine and the nearby smaller corporate and general aviation airport at Essendon.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 28, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 10 |

Airbus: No 590 tonne A380 just yet, but there are other changes

Another A380 for Emirates makes a pre-delivery flight from Toulouse

Airbus says it can add ten percent seating capacity to the current 575 tonne version of the giant A380 even without increasing the number of seats in economy on the main deck from ten to 11 across.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 28, 2015 | SEATING | 4 |

Airbus: Never mind the length feel the width

Airbus sales supremo John Leahy presenting the A320 NEO earlier this year

The trenches around the battle lines between Airbus and Boeing have been dug, well, wider, by the European planemakers’ chief operating officer commercial John Leahy.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 28, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 24 |

SingaporeAir A330 lost power in both engines then recovered and flew on to destination

BA38 at London Heathrow in 2008 after its dual engine icing incident.

The response of the pilots of a Singapore Airlines A330 that lost power in both engines while near Hong Kong last Saturday 23 May and then dropped some 13,000 feet in altitude before both were restarted has raised some important safety issues.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 27, 2015 | SEATING | 6 |

Report from the front line on BA’s war (?) on big people

It’s less than a day since this reporter saw at least four very large passengers some of whom might have been your typical average American adults suffer a flight in British Airways’ new Club Europe cabin on an A319 flying from London Heathrow to Toulouse.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 27, 2015 | RESTRUCTURUNG | 3 |

Things look grim and brutal for ‘new’ Malaysia Airlines

The post double disaster Malaysia Airlines is coming into focus, and it looks very sad

Despite the disasters of MH370 and MH17 and the 537 people killed in them, Australia needs competitive non-stop flights to Malaysia for a whole range of very good reasons.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 26, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 15 |

MH370 non-recovery of remains, and other clues, has to be a joke

Prayers and anger over MH370. Don't the authorities understand this is about people?

The ground work is being laid for what appears to be the ultimate betrayal of the next of kin of those lost on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the non recovery of bodies and other potentially vital clues.

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