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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.


OK, let's try first flight by 29 May, or 29 June, or...

OK, let's try first flight by 29 May, or 29 June, or...

Ben SandilandsApr 20, 2009

787 Dreamliner first flight tipped for 29 April

787 Dreamliner first flight tipped for 29 April

Ben SandilandsApr 20, 2009

Speculation is firming on 29 April for the first flight of the Boeing 787 with a relaunch of the Boeing 737 family as the replacement headline act if the prototype of the Dreamliners

Boeing drops hints of a new super green 737

Boeing drops hints of a new super green 737

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 20092 Comments

Boeing may be close to launching a major upgrade to its 737 single aisle jet family if hints it dropped at the delivery ceremony for No 6000 to come off the line this week mean anything

Business travel is getting meaner and tighter

Ben SandilandsApr 17, 20093 Comments

Don't you just hate having to walk through a Qantas domestic business class cabin to the crush in economy? Well the hate, if that's how you feel, is going to be over fairly soon.

Qantas blood letting to continue until things improve

Ben SandilandsApr 14, 20091 Comment

The management blood bath at Qantas today could be a long overdue change to its

Qantas defers 16 jets and fires another 500 top managers

Ben SandilandsApr 14, 20091 Comment

Qantas this morning cut its estimated profit before tax for the full year to June 30 from previous guidance of $500 million to between $100-200 million. At the lower limit, this app

Qantas reports 737 malfunction similar to the one implicated in a recent crash at Amsterdam

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 20092 Comments

Air Transport World's Australian correspondent Geoffrey Thomas is reporting that a Qantas 737-800 approaching Sydney on 7 April suffered a similar malfunction to the one implicated in t

A strange case of jet lag in air accident reporting

Ben SandilandsApr 12, 20092 Comments

The Herald Sun in Melbourne recovered from a severe case of jet lag today by reporting, breathlessly, the Emirates flight EK 407 accident in Melbourne on 20 March. What could have po

Last traces of Ansett fleet to fetch $900,000

Ben SandilandsApr 10, 20092 Comments

The last vestiges of the Ansett fleet of 134 jets are to be broken up for spare parts and sold for an estimated $900,000 by KMA, the Korda-Mentha administrators . These parts will

Justice has failed in Indonesia

Ben SandilandsApr 6, 20097 Comments

The most guilty party in the March 2007 crash of a Garuda 737 at Yogyakarta which killed 5 Australians escaped punishment in Indonesia today. That party was the airline, Garuda, whic

Does regional pilot rage threaten air safety?

Ben SandilandsApr 5, 20091 Comment

There is a rising madness at country airports that needs to be sorted out before someone gets a Cessna or a skydiver through the cockpit of a passenger jet or turbo-prop causing an air

The 777, the 787 and Qantas

Ben SandilandsApr 3, 20092 Comments

Hardly a day goes by when industry contacts don't reflect on the folly of Qantas failing to order the Boeing 777. Not just the current versions of the jet, but back in the late 90s w

Tiger finds Sydney on map of Australia

Ben SandilandsApr 2, 20091 Comment

It's only taken 16 months, but Singapore owned Tiger Airways has found Sydney on the map of Australia and will fly up to four times a day between Melbourne and the harbour city from 3

Emirates flight EK 407 and the need for airlines to be accountable for their accidents

Ben SandilandsApr 2, 20097 Comments

When one of your jets with 225 passengers on board bashes its way off the end of the runway at Melbourne Airport and collects an ILS antenna which is 150 cms tall with its tail some sor

The Virgins and Qantas in the race for the middle

Ben SandilandsMar 31, 20094 Comments

Note: There is a correction concerning the Jetstar load factor indicated lower down in this post, fixing a misread table on the data Qantas lodged with the ASX. Th

Qantas signals cancellations or deferrals of Airbus and Boeing orders with Dreamliners at most risk

Ben SandilandsMar 28, 20091 Comment

Qantas is about to cut deeply into its $20 billion commitment to new jets. On 15 March, aware that a serious reconsideration of the order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners was underway, a s

Qantas manager cull is just a hint of what is to come

Ben SandilandsMar 25, 2009

The 90 senior managers who were terminated at Qantas today can blame two things for their demise. One is the speed with which passengers numbers are shrinking for airlines world wide

This Delta connection is much bigger than announced

Ben SandilandsMar 24, 2009

There is context to the announcement of the interline agreement between V Australia and Delta which seems to have escaped the regurgitaters of airline press releases. Delta, which ec

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