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Qantas + NBN sets up a huge contest for market control

Qantas + NBN sets up a huge contest for market control

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 201630 Comments

The Qantas decision to pair with the NBN to deliver broadband to its A330s and 737s next year is the biggest competitive product initiative yet taken in mainline domestic air travel

Qantas posts record statutory PBT of $983m in first half

Qantas posts record statutory PBT of $983m in first half

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 201632 Comments

Qantas has beaten most expectations in its first half year to 31 December financials posted on the ASX this morning, and announced a $500 million on-market share buy back but declar

Fairfax attacks Jetstar for no free upgrade for reporter yet ignores critical safety story

Fairfax attacks Jetstar for no free upgrade for reporter yet ignores critical safety story

Ben SandilandsDec 29, 201526 Comments

The decline in editorial values in Fairfax is written large in

ATSB rates Jetstar Darwin diversion as 'serious'

ATSB rates Jetstar Darwin diversion as 'serious'

Ben SandilandsDec 23, 20158 Comments

That puzzling diversion of a Jetstar 787-8 on its way from Melbourne to Singapore to Darwin on Monday 21 December has been rated as a 'serious' incident by the ATSB, which the safet

Boeing quietly unveils the 737 MAX it didn't want to build

Boeing quietly unveils the 737 MAX it didn't want to build

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 201532 Comments

According to various US reports Boeing is about to unveil the first of its Boeing 737 MAX line in a private ceremony in Seattle. The MAX is a jet Airbus forced Boeing

How badly do you want to fly this Xmas!

How badly do you want to fly this Xmas!

Ben SandilandsDec 7, 20152 Comments

If you haven't booked that domestic flight for the impeding pagan retail festivities you have just have time to get gouged, or crushed, by airlines facing what for them is the 'surv

Comment: Why action should be taken against Jetstar

Comment: Why action should be taken against Jetstar

Ben SandilandsDec 4, 201542 Comments

The incidents involving missing loading data and an out of balance takeoff by Jetstar are evidence that the airline and its safety regulator CASA cannot be trusted to ensure passeng

Two serious Jetstar incidents under ATSB investigation

Two serious Jetstar incidents under ATSB investigation

Ben SandilandsDec 4, 201522 Comments

After an unexplained delay two incidents involving Jetstar domestic flights in October are being investigated by the ATSB, with one of them placing a jet equipped with more than 215

Will SingaporeAir and Virgin Australia kill off Tigerair brand?

Will SingaporeAir and Virgin Australia kill off Tigerair brand?

Ben SandilandsNov 6, 20159 Comments

No-one should be surprised that Singapore Airlines is keen to buy all the outstanding shares it doesn't already own in Tiger Airways Holdings, but it will underscore the fierce dest

Qantas AGM likely to focus on future rather than past

Qantas AGM likely to focus on future rather than past

Ben SandilandsOct 23, 201519 Comments

If as Senator Nick Xenophon reminded us in

Tigerair makes itself easier to buy for self funded business flyers

Tigerair makes itself easier to buy for self funded business flyers

Ben SandilandsOct 21, 20156 Comments

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. Apart from the new

What happened when a Jetstar captain and trainee locked horns approaching Sydney

What happened when a Jetstar captain and trainee locked horns approaching Sydney

Ben SandilandsSep 29, 201551 Comments

It seems that there was a bit of verbal biffo in the cockpit of a Jetstar A320 approaching Sydney Airport more than two years ago between a 'tough' training captain and a rookie fir

Qantas: Low seat count for 787s, high expectations for Jetstar

Qantas: Low seat count for 787s, high expectations for Jetstar

Ben SandilandsAug 20, 201513 Comments

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce says Jetstar will not open new ventures until it is satisfied with the profitability of the three Asia based franchises in Singapore, Vietnam and Japan b

The AirAsia X factor comes to the too often ashen skies over Bali

The AirAsia X factor comes to the too often ashen skies over Bali

Ben SandilandsAug 12, 20152 Comments

It's quite possible that the expansion of AirAsiaX's reach to the Sydney-Denpasar route from October announced today will do more damage to Jetstar, VirginAustralia and the planned

Why not make all Qantas turbo-prop flights Propstars?

Why not make all Qantas turbo-prop flights Propstars?

Ben SandilandsAug 12, 20153 Comments

Jetstar has previewed its upcoming turbo-prop operations in New Zealand by wheeling its first Q300 in its livery out of the paint shop in Townsville. While the NZ seco

Emirates keeps eating the competition in A380 sized bites

Emirates keeps eating the competition in A380 sized bites

Ben SandilandsAug 11, 201511 Comments

The stresses Emirates with its A380s puts on its competitors, and ally Qantas, continues to grow, this time by converting a daily 777-300ER from Melbourne to Singapore and on to Dub

Qantas goes after Virgin on leisure routes, but will it hit Jetstar?

Qantas goes after Virgin on leisure routes, but will it hit Jetstar?

Ben SandilandsJul 22, 20155 Comments

There are other explanations for the return of Qantas to the Sydney-Sunshine Coast and Melbourne-Gold Coast routes apart from the official announcement which puts it down to satisfy

Bali and that damned volcano, is it time for the fly-cruise option?

Bali and that damned volcano, is it time for the fly-cruise option?

Ben SandilandsJul 22, 201514 Comments

With Virgin Australia again forced to shut down its Bali flights by volcanic ash, someone in the travel industry must be thinking about fly-cruise options. And maybe a