tip off

BEN SANDILANDS | March 12, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Virgin turbo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

The VARA turbo-prop concerned, safely on the ground

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished.


Airbus, Boeing adjust strategies for A380, 757 replacements

2004: Lew Wallick, co-pilot on first 757, waves off the last to roll out of Renton

The big two jet makers Airbus and Boeing keep adjusting their course headings when it comes to an an A380 NEO or a replacement for the 757, make that, as of today, a super 757 that isn’t really a 757.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 10, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 3 |

Hong Kong Airport stalemate means CX and city both losers

Hong Kong International, a dual runway airport in urgent need of one more

The implication in a statement from Cathay Pacific about Hong Kong airport last night means that the  airline and the city state’s economy have jointly screwed themselves through the stalemate over building a much needed third runway.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 09, 2015 | GROWTH | 9 |

Cathay Pacific upscales Sydney flights, but what comes next?

Not far from touch down at Hong Kong's congested airport, a Cathay Pacific 777-300ER

There are some interesting problems caused by restricted slots and strong growth that are demonstrated by Cathay Pacific announcing that it would converts a second of its four daily slots at Sydney Airport from A330s to larger 777-300ERs from this October.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 08, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 38 |

MH370 factual update underlines early government lies

The latest MH370 report cannot, because of its charter, find out why the government of Malaysia hit the ground lying from Day 1 about the year old mystery

BEN SANDILANDS | March 08, 2015 | HISTORY | 6 |

Pilots and kids views of Qantas gift landing on short runway

What the pilots of VH-OJA saw seconds before landing a 747 at HARS

From the ground, and from the cockpit, the Qantas gifting of its first 747-400 to HARS, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at the tiny Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park looked sensational.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 08, 2015 | HISTORY | 8 |

Qantas lands its first 747-400 at tiny Illawarra airport

VH-OJA meets tiny airfield: Copyright Super 100 MPH

Thousands of people watched in awe this morning when the first Qantas 747-400, VH-OJA, turned slowly over the Illawarra escarpment and descended for a flawless landing at the tiny Albion Park aerodrome south of Wollongong.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 07, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 38 |

One year on, mass murder is most plausible MH370 theory

One of hundreds of the living victims of MH370 outside Malaysia PM's office

The most unpalatable of theories, that the pilot did it in an insane act of mass murder, has become widely regarded as the most likely cause of the loss of MH370 on 8 March last year.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 06, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Canberra’s international ambitions dashed by Air NZ

The flying kangaroo and Canberra Airport's Roos Sculpture

Despite the logical strength of the case for international flights to Canberra, the business case continues to fail in presentations to such key prospects as Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

The latest rebuff is reported in the Canberra Times today.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 05, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 4 |

PM makes it clear, MH370 search cannot continue at current costs

After a somewhat untidy handling of its attitude to the search for MH370 this week, Australia’s PM Tony Abbott has made it clear the government will wind it back rather than abandon it should nothing be found in the near future.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 05, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 3 |

When the MH370 ‘red-eye’ turned nasty, what we know a year on


Relatives of passengers on MH370 gather outside the Malaysian Prime Minister's office

Crikey Insider today looks at the impending first anniversary of the disappearance of MH370 in terms of a scandal that apparently dares not fall from the lips of our gutless political leaders if this morning’s set piece statements by PM Tony Abbott or his feeble Labor opponent Bill Shorten to parliament are true indications of what they think.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 05, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

Rare fault found in one of two Qantas A330s in ‘near miss’

A Qantas A330, looking much better on its own than two of them looked near Adelaide in 2013

It was more than a case of air traffic control error when two Qantas A330s were inadvertently directed to fly toward each other in airspace near Adelaide in a ‘loss of separation’ or near miss situation in 2013.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 05, 2015 | ROUTES | 2 |

The day the music stops in Tamworth for Qantaslink

Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers at Tamworth Awards earlier this year

Virgin Australia is starting Sydney-Tamworth turbo-prop ATR72 flights six returns weekly from 25 May.  Which means there goes the music, in the country and western capital of Australia, as far as Qantaslink is concerned.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 04, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 25 |

CASA says Indonesia AirAsiaX now legal to fly here

An AirAsia X A333. Its Indonesian franchise now meets CASA requirements.

More than two month’s after AirAsia X’s Indonesian franchise damaged the holiday plans of Australians booked on its Melbourne-Denpasar flights by cancelling them just before Christmas it has  been issued with an air operator certificate by CASA.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 04, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 2 |

MH17 wreckage put on display as MH370 anniversary approaches

In a grim preview to the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, parts of the wreckage of another of its 777-200ERs,  which was operating its flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine last July, have been put on display at the Netherlands military airbase at Gilze-Rijen.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 03, 2015 | ROUTES | |

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

Air NZ welcomes American and United to its trans Pacific monopoly

Some years ago on a family visit by a US relative to Auckland, we treated our guest to an All Blacks game at Eden Park, complete with a full haka (there being no half measures when the action involves the Wallabies).

She couldn’t quite get that the ceremony was all bluff, but alas, as usual, prophetic as to the outcome.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 03, 2015 | ROUTES | 3 |

Emirates launches daily Bali flights, what about Fiji?

Emirates delivers another lesson in market building, this time in Bali

BEN SANDILANDS | March 02, 2015 | ROUTES | 12 |

Virgin Australia opens new international strategy with Fiji

This is where you are most likely to miss your return flight

Fiji will be served in peak periods from 4 April by Virgin Australia A330-200s as well as the 737s which fly its current schedule on routes between Australia and Nadi, marking the start of its recently foreshadowed new international initiatives.


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