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Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 20168 Comments

Undetected damage, in this case to a Virgin flight landing on a stormy night in Samoa, is a challenge airlines haven't yet overcome

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 20167 Comments

With a profit result similar to a well run small suburban business, is it not time for Virgin Australia to radically change course?

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20165 Comments

The X-factor in the little jet big Delta just ordered is lower fossil sourced carbon emissions designed to reap huge benefits from future carbon trading schemes

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 201631 Comments

Why has the ATSB hushed up a disturbing failure of safety oversight involving a Virgin Australia turbo-prop?

Air NZ, Qantas insist on safety measures at Port Vila before their flights resume

Ben SandilandsApr 8, 20167 Comments

Behind the words, the Vanuatu airport crisis is essentially about ensuring money for infrastructure gets spent on the project, and nothing else

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

Ben SandilandsMar 30, 201610 Comments

Air New Zealand's unhappiness with Virgin Australia has caused today's

Virgin Australia's pursuit of excellence gets another top-up

Virgin Australia's pursuit of excellence gets another top-up

Ben SandilandsMar 21, 20164 Comments

This is an awkward moment for Virgin Australia in that today's announcement of a

Virgin, Air NZ take another step toward biofuels

Virgin, Air NZ take another step toward biofuels

Ben SandilandsMar 14, 20167 Comments

There are good reasons why Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are pursuing home grown jet grade biofuels in issuing a Request for Information or RFI today in both countries.

Virgin Australia's numbers are less about cheap fuel than you thought

Virgin Australia's numbers are less about cheap fuel than you thought

Ben SandilandsFeb 11, 201610 Comments

In the big picture of its half yearly financial results released this morning Virgin Australia has managed to lift fares and operating efficiency to levels that go way above the net

Virgin Australia drops five E-190s, lifts profits as previously announced

Virgin Australia drops five E-190s, lifts profits as previously announced

Ben SandilandsFeb 11, 201613 Comments

While Virgin Australia confirmed the good news of soaring profits in its half yearly results posted this morning, five of its unusually comfortable Embraer E-190s have been chopped.

Virgin Australia: Fewer passengers but higher profits in 2nd quarter

Virgin Australia: Fewer passengers but higher profits in 2nd quarter

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 20163 Comments

Less continues to be more for Virgin Australia Holdings. The group's second quarter has continued its first quarter profit recovery, while flying fewer passengers but making more mo

Tigerair Australia: First we take Bali, then Berlin

Tigerair Australia: First we take Bali, then Berlin

Ben SandilandsFeb 1, 20163 Comments

There was a bit more to today's unveiling of the first Tigerair Australia 737-800, which has been reallocated to it from owner Virgin Australia's fleet than was officially re-announ

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Ben SandilandsJan 28, 201611 Comments

The failed state of Vanuatu's shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Ben SandilandsJan 27, 20163 Comments

Updated* Australia Day could have started (and ended) badly for two passenger jets with more than 300 seats and a traffic chopper near Melbourne airport on Tuesday.

ATSB closes in on controversial 2013 fog emergency at Mildura

ATSB closes in on controversial 2013 fog emergency at Mildura

Ben SandilandsJan 24, 20167 Comments

It's almost three Australian winters since a Virgin Australia 737 with 91 people on board made an emergency landing at Mildura on a fog bound runway the pilots had difficulty seeing

Scoot to interline on Virgin's Melbourne-Tasmania flights

Scoot to interline on Virgin's Melbourne-Tasmania flights

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 20162 Comments

In what might be called the airline equivalent of a relationship rather than a marriage the low cost carrier Scoot has struck an interline agreement both ways between Melbourne and

Hoverboard burns down house near airport

Hoverboard burns down house near airport

Ben SandilandsJan 5, 201621 Comments

The most important thing to note about this morning's Melbourne hoverboard fire

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