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Some last statistics from Qantas and Virgin Blue before things get even worse

Some last statistics from Qantas and Virgin Blue before things get even worse

Ben SandilandsJun 30, 2009

The May provisional traffic statistics from the Qantas and Virgin Blue brands are the last insights into their operations before black Friday, 3 July.

V Australia adds Hong Kong to list of possible new routes

Ben SandilandsJun 30, 2009

A leak that says Virgin Blue is asking for slots at Hong Kong airport for its V Australia subsidiary isn't surprising, except for taking so long. The two factors in this move are th

Attempt to lessen legal obligations of airlines blocked in Senate by pilot unions

Ben SandilandsJun 30, 20091 Comment

A back door attempt to water down the absolute responsibility of airlines for the actions of their employees and criminalise pilots has been blocked in the Senate. The government att

Dreamliner-An Impossible Dream?

Dreamliner-An Impossible Dream?

Ben SandilandsJun 28, 20098 Comments

The most alarming question to arise from the Dreamliner fiasco is whether high composite airliners are doomed to fail. Not fail as in fail to reach production, although that is a pos

Where might the Dreamliner fiasco take Boeing and Airbus?

Ben SandilandsJun 26, 20092 Comments

It needs to be recognised that the 787 project has the potential to ruin the Boeing Commercial Airplane business and force the company as a whole to re-organise its defence, space and o

Dreamliner nightmare-Qantas cancels 15 and defers first deliveries of others by 4 years

Dreamliner nightmare-Qantas cancels 15 and defers first deliveries of others by 4 years

Ben SandilandsJun 26, 20096 Comments

Qantas has cancelled 15 Boeing 787s and delayed the first tranche of deliveries from the balance of a remaining firm order of 50 of the jets for four years. The move saves the airlin

The Dreamliner debacle-Time to tell the truth

Ben SandilandsJun 25, 20095 Comments

One of the most troubling aspects of the Dreamliner nightmare is the failure of the jet's composite structures to behave as predicted by the computer models used by Boeing. If the as

Angry Flyers Lounge-Why can't I use my laptop?

Angry Flyers Lounge-Why can't I use my laptop?

Ben SandilandsJun 25, 20091 Comment

Why can't I use my laptop or mobile phone when the plane is taking off or landing?

Dreamliner 'Neverliner' bonanza for Airbus-up to 12 more A330s for Jetstar, maybe.

Ben SandilandsJun 25, 20091 Comment

The numbers varied, but the hot tip earlier this morning was that up to 12 Airbus A330s will be added to the Jetstar fleet by late 2010 or early 2011 to replace the 787 capacit

Qantas review of 787 program moving toward conclusion

Ben SandilandsJun 24, 20092 Comments

Boeing has a new definition of wing. It is 'side of airplane'. This means it wasn't really the wing that was starting to break two months ago under static testing, it was just the si

Dreamliner-The wing began to break

Ben SandilandsJun 24, 20092 Comments

Getting the truth out of Boeing is a real struggle. This issue that the company is trying to represent as something minor that can be patched internally was the wing starting to delamin

Bad times at Boeing, Dreamliner delayed again pending further design fixes

Ben SandilandsJun 24, 20092 Comments

There is no new schedule for flight testing of the Boeing Dreamliner following the postponement of the first flight due by 30 June because of the discovery in April of design deficienci

Angry Flyers Lounge-Sending a letter to Jetstar

Ben SandilandsJun 23, 200915 Comments

We have invited Jetstar to reply to this complaint in writing to our POSTAL ADDRESS ONLY. Subject: how far have JETSTAR come with technology?? Hi

Laser a plane, go to jail

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 20095 Comments

An item in the Cairns Post this morning adds to the rising number of fools with lasers being caught doing something that might have seemed like a coward's cheap thrill in pointing a las

Minor injuries reported on Qantas flight to Perth from Hong Kong this morning due to turbulence

Minor injuries reported on Qantas flight to Perth from Hong Kong this morning due to turbulence

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 2009

Qantas has acted ahead of media reports this morning to announce some minor injuries caused by severe air turbulence on an A330 service from Hong Kong to Perth. This is the full stat

Branson calls on UK goverment to let British Airways go broke

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 20091 Comment

Richard Branson's call on Sunday for HMG to let British Airwa

AF447-The traces disappear

AF447-The traces disappear

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 2009

These plots of the wreckage and victims (red) recovered from the Air France flight AF447 disaster on 1 June show the enormity of the task that confronted search vessels and aircraft mos

Home grown aircraft composites could also cut fossilised carbon emissions

Ben SandilandsJun 20, 2009

A concept for turning matter from a single type of plant into a high performance composite material for use in aircraft cabins has won a University of Queensland team first prize in the

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