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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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A difficult quest for Sydney-London non-stops comes closer to reality

A difficult quest for Sydney-London non-stops comes closer to reality

Ben SandilandsApr 9, 201723 Comments

Unless Qantas changes its ways, that flying kangaroo logo may need to be adjusted to one with tightly crossed legs

Air NZ defies trend, gives passengers wider seats

Air NZ defies trend, gives passengers wider seats

Ben SandilandsApr 7, 20173 Comments

If you've ever been sandwiched between NZ sports stars crossing the Tasman, there is hope the crush will soon be over

Airbus plays the wider seat card with higher capacity A380s

Airbus plays the wider seat card with higher capacity A380s

Ben SandilandsApr 6, 201719 Comments

To crudely borrow from fashion media terminology Airbus says your bum will look better in an A380

Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don't rule

Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don't rule

Ben SandilandsApr 5, 20179 Comments

Virgin Australia throws everything at Qantas on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route

Boeing has Gateways to Deep Space in its visions of future Space Industries

Boeing has Gateways to Deep Space in its visions of future Space Industries

Ben SandilandsApr 4, 20172 Comments

Many worlds, but one Gateway to bind them all, coming to Our Space, from Boeing

New Planes, Tighter seats for CX but roomier ones for Virgin Australia cabins

New Planes, Tighter seats for CX but roomier ones for Virgin Australia cabins

Ben SandilandsApr 1, 201710 Comments

Virgin Australia goes against the tide with more room in economy, for a small price

No Mayday explanation from cockpit of Essendon crash plane

No Mayday explanation from cockpit of Essendon crash plane

Ben SandilandsMar 29, 201738 Comments

The causes of the Essendon disaster remain unresolved and the investigation has no cockpit voice or sound recordings to work on

Show the family future Space flight in Canberra exhibition

Show the family future Space flight in Canberra exhibition

Ben SandilandsMar 29, 20172 Comments

May you build a ladder to the stars, and stand on every rung...May you be forever young, Bob Dylan

Is Cathay Pacific dying as a quality brand, and why should we care?

Is Cathay Pacific dying as a quality brand, and why should we care?

Ben SandilandsMar 27, 201710 Comments

Hong Kong's most iconic airline has just been mauled by Hong Kong's most Establishment newspaper

Emirates highlights stupidity of US laptop ban, politely of course

Emirates highlights stupidity of US laptop ban, politely of course

Ben SandilandsMar 24, 20178 Comments

Emirates president Tim Clark calmly shows up the 'Fake' President of the United States

How to make easy headlines with a jet electric

How to make easy headlines with a jet electric

Ben SandilandsMar 23, 201735 Comments

A carbon free jet airliner for the Sydney-Melbourne route is coming, but maybe not in this form

Laptop ban confounds airlines, safety experts, risks causing air disasters

Laptop ban confounds airlines, safety experts, risks causing air disasters

Ben SandilandsMar 22, 201726 Comments

Banning laptops on successful ME airlines flying to America may have unintended and lethal consequences

Virgin Australia will fly Melbourne-Hong Kong five times weekly

Virgin Australia will fly Melbourne-Hong Kong five times weekly

Ben SandilandsMar 21, 201711 Comments

The Australia-greater China market is even more interesting now that Virgin has played its Hong Kong card

REX may be victim of engine defect in lost prop incident

REX may be victim of engine defect in lost prop incident

Ben SandilandsMar 20, 201785 Comments

A SAAB 340 similar to the REX plane did lose a propeller in similar circumstances 26 years ago

Only another nine years of country flight fights for Sydney Airport

Only another nine years of country flight fights for Sydney Airport

Ben SandilandsMar 20, 201717 Comments

Screw the bush and their little planes! Another excellent result of selling essential public assets like airports to private monopolies

British Airways owner Levels up with new long haul LCC

British Airways owner Levels up with new long haul LCC

Ben SandilandsMar 18, 201732 Comments

If new cheap long haul Level works, it will inevitably seek access to Asia-Pacific routes

Cathay Pacific suffers serious reversal of fortune, but fights on

Cathay Pacific suffers serious reversal of fortune, but fights on

Ben SandilandsMar 15, 201719 Comments

Does anyone have a convincing answer to the problems besetting Cathay Pacific?

US scientists ask, Have we already heard from space aliens?

US scientists ask, Have we already heard from space aliens?

Ben SandilandsMar 15, 201732 Comments

The answer to 'Where are the aliens?' may have been heard but not understood at The Dish

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