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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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Botched Virgin turboprop landing attempt sees captain stand himself down

Botched Virgin turboprop landing attempt sees captain stand himself down

September 6, 2017 6 Comments

Safety investigator silent on how Virgin Australia responded to pilot confusing flaps zero with flaps 30 in botched landing approach

MH370 sleuth urges caution over assassination of Malaysian consular official

MH370 sleuth urges caution over assassination of Malaysian consular official

September 5, 2017

Did something about MH370 cause the death of a diplomatic appointee last month in Madagascar?It seems not

Airbus high altitude glider project soars to record height

Airbus high altitude glider project soars to record height

September 5, 2017 6 Comments

A reminder that the view at top of cruise can be awesome at times

Alarm over failures of ‘revolutionary’ GTF engine is rising

Alarm over failures of ‘revolutionary’ GTF engine is rising

September 3, 2017 20 Comments

Could the current problems with a new tech US engine harm three new regional jet designs as well as some key airlines?

The perils of reporting Ryanair’s activities and ambitions

The perils of reporting Ryanair’s activities and ambitions

September 1, 2017 9 Comments

The scary, funny and enormously successful Michael O'Leary has ambitions for basket case Alitalia

Air Canada to fly three Dreamliner 787s to Australia daily

Air Canada to fly three Dreamliner 787s to Australia daily

September 1, 2017 12 Comments

Canada mounts tourism mountain in Oz, and wants a bit of the US on the side

Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

August 31, 2017 50 Comments

Make no mistake, Qantas is making it clear it is in a new battle with the rise of Singapore Airlines and its Changi hub

Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

August 31, 2017 2 Comments

Qantas and Emirates are serving more than drinks at an A380 bar this morning

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

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

August 29, 2017 17 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

August 29, 2017 1 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

August 27, 2017 30 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

August 25, 2017 13 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

August 25, 2017 8 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

August 23, 2017 5 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

August 22, 2017 7 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?

August 21, 2017 6 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

August 17, 2017 47 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

August 17, 2017 10 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?