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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 19 |

Those Qantas 747SPs. Did they ever cruise at 45,000 feet?

Just how high did Qantas fly its Boeing 747SPs?

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 26, 2014 | ROUTES | 4 |

Qantas navigates China sensitivities in Taiwan code share

China Airlines A330-300: Wiki Commons photo

Qantas is to fly, courtesy of a code share, to Taiwan, where in the past to stay on the right side of China, it had to invent a special Australia Asia Airlines entity.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 25, 2014 | INFLIGHT WI-FI | 4 |

Flying with phones, tablets could be too cutting edge

Update: Qantas and Virgin Australia were given approval late today to allow conditional use by passengers of portable electronic devices gate to gate from tomorrow, Tuesday 26 August 

Recently on an Air France A320 I noticed what looked like a purpose fitted soft cushion had been placed around the sharp edge of the start of the overhead bins just where passengers turn right to find their torture tubes.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 25, 2014 | SEATING | 9 |

Did British Airways just ruin breakfast at Qantas and Virgin?

BA's next business class seat? Image courtesy Australian Business Traveller

Imagine the angst in airline managements all around the world this morning. British Airways has come up with a new evolution of business class seating that makes everything else look second if not third rate.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 23, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 8 |

Why Jetstar Hong Kong should have been approved two years ago

Once was a Jetstar HK A320: Commons photo

Scenario  Consider the contrary proposition, that Jetstar Hong Kong should have been ‘embraced’ by the SAR’s authorities and its prime opponent, Cathay Pacific, two years ago.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 22, 2014 | ROUTES | 17 |

Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

The largest, fastest climbing and most spacious trans Pacific jet: Qantas A380 image

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 22, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 47 |

Is Qantas committed to being dragged down by Jetstar?

The deeper concern about the Qantas infatuation with Jetstar is that it deluding itself if it thinks its full service customers will transfer their loyalties to Jetstar.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 22, 2014 | LABOUR RELATIONS | 6 |

Qantas sets up cabin crew support centre pre FY14 results

A sign of likely cutbacks to Qantas international operations being announced at next Thursday’s full year to 30 June financial results disclosure has been sent to cabin crew working in that division.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 21, 2014 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS | 12 |

Qantas! Do we want cat videos or speculation?

The weeks before Qantas reports financial results are usually a news vacuum which sucks in speculation, and this year’s preliminary full year results announcement on 28 August is no exception to the rule.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 20, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 2 |

CSeries sackings reflect public relations realities

When you screw up, you get rid of those media and industry relations figures who will get grilled over their prior delivery of dubious or failed guidance.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 20, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 18 |

China’s Comac 919 reveals the tip of a mystery

There have been many dismissive and patronising western media stories about the c919. They will all end up on the wrong side of history.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 19, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 12 |

Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

The Traveling Man, and a Green Line Dallas tram: Wiki Commons photo

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50!

It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership rail links to Australian airports might need some work.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 19, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 14 |

Huh! Truss says 2nd Sydney Airport won’t grow all that much

Incredulity

Anyone familiar with the history of trade negotiations and air traffic treaties in Australia would wonder why someone who would know those processes as well as the National Party leader and deputy PM Warren Truss said what he was reported as saying about Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek yesterday.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 18, 2014 | CUSTOMER RELATIONS | 19 |

Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Lined up and on time, Qantas domestic flights at Sydney: Qantas photo

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 18, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 6 |

Clock to start soon on 2nd Sydney Airport monopoly rort talks

Will Sydney Airport exercise its right to screw the city by controlling its second airport? The clock on a screw-non screw decision starts ticking in the official consultative process on 30 September

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 16, 2014 | SPACE | 4 |

Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

The cosmic dumbell of the two lobes of Churyumov-Gerasimenko: ESA image

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 16, 2014 | HEALTH RISKS | 8 |

Ebola virus crisis accelerates, and will affect air travel

Follow the links in this post to understand this crisis

It’s time for airlines and travellers to accept the realities of the outbreak of the ebola virus and its implications for society which could make disrupted travel plans seem the least of the world’s concerns.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 14, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 2 |

MH17 preliminary report due first week of September

The Netherlands investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July will be released in the first week of September.

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