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Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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SingaporeAir has a Lalique crystal ball that says luxury travel has a future

SingaporeAir has a Lalique crystal ball that says luxury travel has a future

Ben SandilandsJan 24, 20171 Comment

There is a huge amount at stake for airlines like SingaporeAir when they invest in new luxury cabins for the rich

Let's think again about the airport of the near future

Let's think again about the airport of the near future

Ben SandilandsJan 22, 201713 Comments

The push to IT revolutionize airports is on in earnest, but without action to curb its terrifying dystopian ramifications

Tigerair returns to Bali, but with jet Virgin wants to dump

Ben SandilandsJan 19, 20176 Comments

As it foreshadowed Tiger has satisfied Indonesian regulatory requirements for Bali flights by reverting to A320s used in its domestic Australian services

Jetstar (Australia) makes another play for Vietnam market

Jetstar (Australia) makes another play for Vietnam market

Ben SandilandsJan 19, 2017

It took its time, but Qantas is back in the Vietnam fare wars with Jetstar (Australia) flights from May

Why would S & P say Sydney Airport is unlikely to take up Badgerys Creek option?

Why would S & P say Sydney Airport is unlikely to take up Badgerys Creek option?

Ben SandilandsJan 18, 201712 Comments

It's time for the public to look critically at credit ratings agencies taking up positions that support businesses like airports during negotiations with government

Last ship leaves the final search zone for missing flight MH370

Ben SandilandsJan 17, 201719 Comments

If the authorities think the controversy over the loss of MH370 is over, they are seriously mistaken

The last of the first moonwalkers, Gene Cernan, has died

The last of the first moonwalkers, Gene Cernan, has died

Ben SandilandsJan 17, 20173 Comments

The band of lunar heroes is thinned by the death of another moonwalker Eugene Cernan

Bali getting more expensive by the day for Virgin's threatened Tiger

Bali getting more expensive by the day for Virgin's threatened Tiger

Ben SandilandsJan 16, 20174 Comments

As the agony over Bali flights drags on maybe naming an airline after an animal routinely hunted into extinction was a bad idea

Emirates A380s in massive capacity boost to Hong Kong

Emirates A380s in massive capacity boost to Hong Kong

Ben SandilandsJan 14, 20177 Comments

What Emirates is doing with its two class 615 seat A380 is a likely preview of 2020s flying at large

Tigerair granted brief period of grace to repatriate the Bali stranded

Ben SandilandsJan 12, 20175 Comments

The disagreement between Tigerair and Indonesian bureaucracy remains unresolved, but it can bring passengers caught in the middle back to Australia until Monday

Tigerair asks Indonesia for period of grace for Bali solution

Ben SandilandsJan 12, 20176 Comments

There is no doubt that Indonesia is right in key terms in the Tigerair Bali dispute, but its timing is terrible for holidaymakers

Bali, beautiful one day, administratively opaque the next

Bali, beautiful one day, administratively opaque the next

Ben SandilandsJan 11, 20174 Comments

Why would the travel plans of so many to such a beautiful place, be screwed up by regulatory changes no one seems willing to talk about?

Malaysia shows a sudden turn of speed in calling end to MH370 search

Ben SandilandsJan 7, 201718 Comments

Is their something sinister or grubby going on in the haste with which the physical search for MH370 is being ended?

Emirates growth issues less of a crisis than poor public reading skills?

Emirates growth issues less of a crisis than poor public reading skills?

Ben SandilandsJan 6, 201720 Comments

Emirates may have the world's largest fleet of A380s and 777s, but will a trade war change that?

China-UK 'blockade buster' export train is on its way to London

China-UK 'blockade buster' export train is on its way to London

Ben SandilandsJan 4, 201713 Comments

China's long game in economic power plays will see it put a train load of cheap imports into a London freight yard just as Donald Trump arrives at the White House

Will Boeing, or maybe China, take over the MH370 search in 2017?

Will Boeing, or maybe China, take over the MH370 search in 2017?

Ben SandilandsDec 31, 201632 Comments

The struggle between those who want to know the truth about MH370, and those who are prepared to let go and forget, is already underway

Are tasers the next weapon in the airline war against their customers?

Are tasers the next weapon in the airline war against their customers?

Ben SandilandsDec 30, 201617 Comments

Will flying in Australia ever become so confrontational that tasers could be used against unruly passengers?

More of MH370 wing found in South Africa's Mossel Bay

More of MH370 wing found in South Africa's Mossel Bay

Ben SandilandsDec 25, 201653 Comments

More to think about for those intrigued by drift analysis

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