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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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Qantas hints at new routes for Brisbane Dreamliner 787-9 base

Qantas hints at new routes for Brisbane Dreamliner 787-9 base

Ben SandilandsAug 29, 201717 Comments

Brisbane gets a boost from second Qantas 787 base as competing airlines left guessing which routes they will fly

Etihad pursues a path more conventional after investment calamities

Etihad pursues a path more conventional after investment calamities

Ben SandilandsAug 29, 20171 Comment

Etihad's investment strategy implosion is starting to cause major ripples around the world

Qantas faces extra hurdle in doing London, Paris, Frankfurt non-stop flights

Qantas faces extra hurdle in doing London, Paris, Frankfurt non-stop flights

Ben SandilandsAug 27, 201730 Comments

Even if Airbus and Boeing come up with what Qantas wants, it could be undone by ATC reform inertia

Qantas scores 2nd highest profit, announces A380 upgrades and more

Qantas scores 2nd highest profit, announces A380 upgrades and more

Ben SandilandsAug 25, 201713 Comments

Despite a profit dip Qantas has a lot of good news to deliver this morning

Air NZ might preempt Qantas push for New York non-stops

Air NZ might preempt Qantas push for New York non-stops

Ben SandilandsAug 25, 20178 Comments

Qantas is again throwing down the non-stop gauntlet to Airbus and Boeing, but there are 'catches'

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

Ben SandilandsAug 23, 20175 Comments

The Kiwis may be about to prove that they are much nicer to deal with than robotic automatons at airports

Your future flights to China might be in a narrow tube

Your future flights to China might be in a narrow tube

Ben SandilandsAug 22, 20177 Comments

Cathay Pacific, and maybe Swiss, signal that they aren't waiting for Boeing's NMA or MoM or whatever it might be

Could you be sold on paying the same for less space?

Could you be sold on paying the same for less space?

Ben SandilandsAug 21, 20176 Comments

If the rush is on for 'basic' economy seat pricing, why not clearly tell the customer what this really means?

Qantas puts A380s on Sydney-Hong Kong route this summer if you look for it

Ben SandilandsAug 17, 201747 Comments

It's been a tad chaotic for customers for peak summer flights between Sydney and Hong Kong today but 'big things' are happening

Pressure mounts on distracted Turnbull Govt to resume MH370 search

Pressure mounts on distracted Turnbull Govt to resume MH370 search

Ben SandilandsAug 17, 201710 Comments

Will the need for a resumed MH370 search get a 'look in' from an Australian government in crisis, even with long awaited new information on satellite imagery and drift analyses?

What Uber isn't talking about when it comes to flying cars

What Uber isn't talking about when it comes to flying cars

Ben SandilandsAug 16, 201714 Comments

It loses huge sums of money, has an inability to deal with rogue drivers, but now wants to introduced flying ride services to Sydney or Melbourne. Does Uber think we are that stupid?

Singapore Airlines invests three Airbus A350s in Brisbane flights

Singapore Airlines invests three Airbus A350s in Brisbane flights

Ben SandilandsAug 15, 20171 Comment

Singapore Airlines isn't holding back in developing Brisbane as a critically important gateway city for Australia with these new A350 deployments

Where are the aliens? The question that lives in the midnight voids

Where are the aliens? The question that lives in the midnight voids

Ben SandilandsAug 15, 201715 Comments

There are moments when the noise of regular reporting falls quiet and other issues are heard

Virgin Australia's 'guests' are today's winners from its losses

Virgin Australia's 'guests' are today's winners from its losses

Ben SandilandsAug 10, 20177 Comments

Australia's main airline customers continue to be 'spoiled rotten' as Virgin improves its financial situation

Norwegian trips up on the way to whole new longer haul market

Norwegian trips up on the way to whole new longer haul market

Ben SandilandsAug 6, 201716 Comments

Norwegian has some bold ideas for shaking up longer distance low cost flying, despite hitting some financial turbulence

What happens if private MH370 search is launched by new tech US firm?

What happens if private MH370 search is launched by new tech US firm?

Ben SandilandsAug 3, 20177 Comments

An apparently well resourced privately funded offer to keep looking for MH370 puts the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese authorities on the spot

US court case may force tight airline seating review

US court case may force tight airline seating review

Ben SandilandsAug 2, 201720 Comments

Do bigger passengers in smaller seats reduce air safety in an emergency evacuation?

This might be goodbye to many day return intercity trips

This might be goodbye to many day return intercity trips

Ben SandilandsJul 31, 201717 Comments

Some unwelcome but probably essential changes to transport security are imminent in Australia