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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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Etihad's global strategy crisis becomes more visible

Etihad's global strategy crisis becomes more visible

Ben SandilandsMay 9, 20176 Comments

Things have come undone very publicly in the Etihad camp

Jetstar scores high in managing assets, but product?

Jetstar scores high in managing assets, but product?

Ben SandilandsMay 7, 201724 Comments

Jetstar shows it knows how to conjure up extra jets worth of capacity for nothing, but at very personal customer cost

China's ambitious COMAC c919 flies for first time in Shanghai

China's ambitious COMAC c919 flies for first time in Shanghai

Ben SandilandsMay 6, 201719 Comments

Don't underestimate the significance of the first flight of China's first home designed single aisle jet

ATSB sounds alarm about certification blind spot in ATR turbo-prop

ATSB sounds alarm about certification blind spot in ATR turbo-prop

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 201716 Comments

More safety issues with the infamous Virgin Australia ATR 72 incidents of 2014 have emerged

Pay more for less quality courtesy American Airlines?

Pay more for less quality courtesy American Airlines?

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 20176 Comments

American apparently wants to find out just where the insufferable pain barrier for full service passengers can be found

Air Canada ramps up 787 non-stops, but keep eye on WestJet

Air Canada ramps up 787 non-stops, but keep eye on WestJet

Ben SandilandsMay 4, 20178 Comments

It's all Dreamliners on the Vancouver routes, but for the glorious Qantas Queen of the Skies 747

Malaysia analysis of MH370 debris supports mid-air breakup

Malaysia analysis of MH370 debris supports mid-air breakup

Ben SandilandsMay 3, 20177 Comments

Malaysia has released an 81 page report into its study of probable pieces of MH370 washed up on Indian Ocean shores

Sydney Airport says No to Badgerys Creek, and to future fee gouging!

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 201741 Comments

The threat of a continued monopoly over the pricing of airline access to greater Sydney appears to have removed itself

Are the Qantas non-stop flights Perth-Europe being overhyped?

Are the Qantas non-stop flights Perth-Europe being overhyped?

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 201779 Comments

There are factors at play in the Australia-EU and UK market that are much more important than Perth-London non-stops in a 787

China reveals the shape of things that <i>may</i> come in air travel

China reveals the shape of things that may come in air travel

Ben SandilandsApr 30, 201717 Comments

China has flown a scale model of an airliner that exploits design elements not found in Western passenger jets

Jetstar v Choice, and a pox on both houses

Jetstar v Choice, and a pox on both houses

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 201736 Comments

Choice, the consumer news service, has totally lost the plot in its attack on Jetstar

Singapore Airlines cleared over Melbourne 777 tail strike incident

Singapore Airlines cleared over Melbourne 777 tail strike incident

Ben SandilandsApr 27, 201729 Comments

That much reported tail strike incident involving a SingaporeAir jet at MEL turns out to have been a case of exemplary piloting when things didn't go as planned

Etihad doubles up on Sydney A380 flights from October 29

Etihad doubles up on Sydney A380 flights from October 29

Ben SandilandsApr 26, 20172 Comments

Etihad's move to all A380 flights at Sydney underlines seat shortages caused by airport's limitations

Chances of resumed MH370 search struggle to reach zero

Chances of resumed MH370 search struggle to reach zero

Ben SandilandsApr 26, 201715 Comments

At this moment efforts to revive the MH370 search have been choked by good intentions

US curbs on Middle East carriers continue to backfire

US curbs on Middle East carriers continue to backfire

Ben SandilandsApr 25, 20177 Comments

The Trump administrations pandering to anti Middle East carrier lobbying hasn't stopped Etihad and now Qatar Airways from growing their US routes

Cassini space probe puts Earth in perspective from between Saturn's rings

Cassini space probe puts Earth in perspective from between Saturn's rings

Ben SandilandsApr 23, 201714 Comments

One last glimpse, between Saturn's rings, of home planet Earth for the epic Cassini space mission

Revised MH370 wreckage drift analysis adds pressure for renewed search

Revised MH370 wreckage drift analysis adds pressure for renewed search

Ben SandilandsApr 21, 201737 Comments

The ATSB has just published a CSIRO report that makes the political decision to suspend the MH370 search highly questionable

Etihad says it has growing US demand despite personal device ban

Etihad says it has growing US demand despite personal device ban

Ben SandilandsApr 21, 201721 Comments

Etihad seems to be doing much better in the US market despite the Trump bans on passenger carried electronic devices on some ME routes

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