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Is a 436 seat A330-300 really a very large jet or VLA?

Is a 436 seat A330-300 really a very large jet or VLA?

Ben SandilandsJul 27, 2017

Who would have thought that an A330 could become a plane that would displace demand for A380s?

Scoot sees off Tiger branding, adds Honolulu, Harbin to network

Scoot sees off Tiger branding, adds Honolulu, Harbin to network

Ben SandilandsJul 25, 2017

Scoot has big ambitions for the American market, starting with Hawaii

HNA credit crackdown signals bigger risks for Australian interests

HNA credit crackdown signals bigger risks for Australian interests

Ben SandilandsJul 25, 2017

HNA's capacity to invest more in airlines including Virgin Australia has been put in question by overseas reports

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UK test flies drones into damaging collisions with aircraft

UK test flies drones into damaging collisions with aircraft

Ben SandilandsJul 23, 20177 Comments

Given some of the apologist posturing about how drones are not a risk to airliner safety, this study provides factual insights into the damage they could do on the approaches to airports

Canberra contest heats up as Qatar confirms and Singapore adjusts flights

Canberra contest heats up as Qatar confirms and Singapore adjusts flights

Ben SandilandsJul 23, 201725 Comments

The competitive tensions between the flag carriers, and hub airports, of Qatar and Singapore have come to Canberra, Australia

Scoot begs for free fare plugs from a media that is deaf and near death

Scoot begs for free fare plugs from a media that is deaf and near death

Ben SandilandsJul 22, 20175 Comments

Scoot has dished up its first big discount sale in Australia after swallowing the Tigerair networks in Asia

On Moon Day 48 SpaceX says its first space passengers must 'be brave'

On Moon Day 48 SpaceX says its first space passengers must 'be brave'

Ben SandilandsJul 21, 20173 Comments

To those readers who saw Apollo 11 fly to the moon and back, happy Moon Day 48

Etihad's Darwinian evolution falls extinct, who is next?

Etihad's Darwinian evolution falls extinct, who is next?

Ben SandilandsJul 21, 20171 Comment

Darwin Airline's evolution as an Etihad investment in regional European flights has turned fossil

Singapore Airlines flies into smoother skies, for a month at least

Singapore Airlines flies into smoother skies, for a month at least

Ben SandilandsJul 19, 201710 Comments

Not everything is gloomy in the airline game, with the SingaporeAir group getting on top of the problem of excess capacity

MH17 three years on festers as an evil that benefited no one

MH17 three years on festers as an evil that benefited no one

Ben SandilandsJul 15, 201723 Comments

All we can say of MH17 is that evil was done three years ago, to no apparent purpose at all

ATSB writes massive report avoiding key issue in 2013 Mildura fog crisis

ATSB writes massive report avoiding key issue in 2013 Mildura fog crisis

Ben SandilandsJul 11, 201742 Comments

Somehow the ATSB has done a research report on the Mildura fog crisis of 2013 that doesn't mention the 737s didn't have to carry enough fuel to prevent it happening

The good oil on fuel price effects, and an off-screen turf war

The good oil on fuel price effects, and an off-screen turf war

Ben SandilandsJul 10, 20178 Comments

Analysis by IBISWorld on the fragile benefits of lower aviation fuel prices also begs the question as to why it has been released to the free media

Two missing but vital factors in High Speed Rail reporting in Australia

Two missing but vital factors in High Speed Rail reporting in Australia

Ben SandilandsJul 8, 201775 Comments

Why we need to get 'real' about high speed rail in Australia

Virgin's Asia era takes off, but some 'exciting' questions persist

Virgin's Asia era takes off, but some 'exciting' questions persist

Ben SandilandsJul 6, 20177 Comments

Virgin pitches for China's new gold mountain, but we'd like to know more

US laptop ban collapses with no evidence of claims of original mini-bomb threat

US laptop ban collapses with no evidence of claims of original mini-bomb threat

Ben SandilandsJul 6, 20174 Comments

It has taken more than three months for the US to back down on apparently fictitious claims of a micro bomb risk on selected ME carriers and routes

Withheld MH370 data supports official claims of high speed impact

Withheld MH370 data supports official claims of high speed impact

Ben SandilandsJul 5, 20179 Comments

No doubt to the frustration of conspiracy theorists the missing signals from MH370 endorse the ATSB's most likely scenario for the jet's final moments

How Jetstar (and others) avoided a crash similar to Air France AF447

How Jetstar (and others) avoided a crash similar to Air France AF447

Ben SandilandsJul 2, 201712 Comments

After all the controversy over Air France AF447 a short ATSB report about a Jetstar incident shows how good safety cultures can avoid tragedy

Adelaide has a new way to avoid Sydney connections to US

Adelaide has a new way to avoid Sydney connections to US

Ben SandilandsJun 30, 20174 Comments

CONFESSION Stopping over in Fiji is addictive. You may miss your connections