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BEN SANDILANDS | November 02, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 12 |

China rolls out its medium sized single aisle c919

It’s not a jet likely to fly for an Australian airline for some time, nor is it an exact equivalent of any 737 or A320 model, but China’s COMAC c919 single aisle prototype has been rolled out in Shanghai.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 02, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 14 |

More thrills for skiers, Queenstown Airport after dark

It would be a terrible waste of great scenery to fly into Queenstown, New Zealand’s spectacular little airport by night, which is currently forbidden and unthinkable, but this could change from next winter when legal flights after dark begin.

BEN SANDILANDS | November 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 22 |

If Metrojet 9268 broke up in mid-air, how high this happened is important

What caused this Metrojet charter flight to crash in Egypt's Sinai?

If as Russian authorities are reported as claiming, the Metrojet A321 that crashed in in Egypt’s Sinai on Saturday killing all 224 people on board, broke up in mid air, a great deal hangs on just how high the jet was when this happened.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 31, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 38 |

Russian charter A321 in sudden climb, plunge before Sinai crash

Kolavia A321 Wikipedia commons photo.

Second Update for 01 November

Early photos show that the Russian Metrojet which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula yesterday appears to have struck the ground with more vertical than forward momentum in an area of flat rather than mountainous terrain.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 31, 2015 | GROWTH | 17 |

Airbus going to 60 A320s a month sparks a deliveries contest

How valid will the slogan on this A320 be in coming decades?

Airbus’s confirming this week that it will lift the a production rate of its A320 single aisle family of jets to 60 a month by mid 2019 has triggered informed talk of similar ambitions for the Boeing 737 family, and possibly even sooner.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 41 |

Australia betrays public safety in opposing L-Ion battery jet ban

CASA used this photo of the Melbourne jet fire to argue the risks of li-ion batteries

When you check in for a flight in Australia no matter how you do it, you have to comply with very strict safety rules related to lithium-ion batteries.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2015 | ALL BLACKS | 3 |

Serious paint now at risk in Wallabies v All Blacks final

This will be the first 787-9 Qantas ever gets to paint

There is suddenly more at stake here than the supremacy of Australia’s Wallabies over the New Zealand All Blacks in Sunday morning’s Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 30, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Injuries reported in Florida ground fire in Boeing 767

Florida TV image of the jet as emergency services foam it

Despite the alarming live vision of a fire in a Dynamic Airways Boeing 767-200 at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport first reports say only seven people were taken to hospital with injuries, some said to be from burns.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 29, 2015 | BORDERS | 21 |

Australian Minister’s brain hijacked by nerds over e-travel

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: Why not combine the Australia-New Zealand borders?

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s enthusiasm for passport-less travel based on biometrics stored in ‘the cloud’ will undoubtedly come true one day.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 28, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 3 |

MH370 ‘wreckage’ claim near Sabah was a hoax

The cruel sea, on a good day, that hides MH370, forgotten shipwrecks and maybe Scott of Antarctica

As widely expected, the claim that wreckage possibly from MH370 had been found on a remote Philippine island near Sabah, has been officially dismissed.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 28, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 10 |

Hush, don’t mention BA, but UK urges action on cabin baggage

Blurry but damning. Passengers with luggage watch their plane burn in this video frame

In a safety notice reminiscent of a ‘Yes Minister’ parody, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued a safety alert about the dangers of passengers taking cabin baggage with them in an emergency without once mentioning British Airways and its flight (BA2276) that caught fire at Las Vegas airport on 8 September.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 28, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 41 |

Who cares if lithium ion batteries still burn in Boeing 787s?

NTSB: Charred Japan Airlines 787 lithium ion battery after the 2013 incident Boston

Halloween surprise? Lithium ion batteries continue to burn under the floors of 787s (if only rarely) but fear not, all is well even if no one in the maker or regulator knows why nor how to stop it happening.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 26, 2015 | ROUTES | 8 |

Etihad brings daily A380s to Melbourne from next June

Ready to take up the growth between Melbourne and Europe, an Etihad A380

An Etihad A380 a day from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi from 1 June next year is set to transform competition on the lucrative routes between Victoria and London and other European cities.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 25, 2015 | SEATING | 26 |

Is Cathay Pacific considering hurting its economy passengers?

Associating purple mood lighting with pain in a plane may seem perverse in this 787

If the view is taken that a business model that involves deliberately hurting and humiliating adult sized passengers is ultimately bad for air travel then a report in the South China Morning Post about Cathay Pacific’s thoughts on smaller seats in 777s is rather bad news.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 23, 2015 | MANAGEMENT | 19 |

Qantas AGM likely to focus on future rather than past

A question for the future, doesn't Qantas need more than eight of these 787s?

If as Senator Nick Xenophon reminded us in this Fairfax opinion piece, Qantas had successfully extracted a $3 billion unsecured loan from the Abbott Government early in 2014, there would have been some dramatic consequences.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 21, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 8 |

Embraer’s first E2 jet takes shape, but will it fly here?

Will this comfortable, maybe too generously spaced regional jet fly for Virgin or Qantas in coming years?

Embraer is moving quickly to complete its first E2 version of its existing E-jet family, with the wing already joined to the body of an E2 E-190 in Brazil.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 21, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 6 |

Tigerair makes itself easier to buy for self funded business flyers

Tigerair CEO Rob Sharp with new uniformed crew: James Morgan photo

Tigerair Australia has rolled out a suite of improvements that make it easier to choose to fly low cost rather than full service on domestic routes.

BEN SANDILANDS | October 21, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

Does this image show the MH370 debris trail on the sea floor?

Surely there is a need to see this possible debris field in sharper detail than shown in this ATSB image?

The Australian managed search for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has no option but to take a very close third look at part of the floor of the southern Indian Ocean where previous sonar scanning detected objects it later dismissed as natural features.


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