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The measure of tough times, and tighter seating from people who know

The measure of tough times, and tighter seating from people who know

Ben SandilandsJun 18, 20091 Comment

Chérèque and his colleagues did in fact have some good news. Their booking and travel management products, which are used by more airlines (including Qantas and V Australia and

The perpetual motion money grabbing machines of privatised Australian airports could hit the wall

Ben SandilandsJun 18, 20097 Comments

The catch cry of privatised big city airports in Australia used to be 'sweat the asset.' But the decision by the Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese to run the plans of Sydney A

AirAsia X and Jetstar and the contest between their plastic fantasic airliners

AirAsia X and Jetstar and the contest between their plastic fantasic airliners

Ben SandilandsJun 17, 20095 Comments

And AirAsia and Jetstar are competing new model trans border low fare airline franchises. The business models are identical, and not yet fully proven, just like the jets they have c

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BA work-for-free-plea points to a second great escape for Qantas

Ben SandilandsJun 17, 20094 Comments

How lucky can Qantas be, or alternatively, how poorly advised has it been in recent times? First it escaped from the Airline Partners Australia private equity bid that was a dead set

Virgin slips quietly into Reg Ansett's fabled blue lagoon

Virgin slips quietly into Reg Ansett’s fabled blue lagoon

Ben SandilandsJun 16, 20093 Comments

Hayman was costly. Australia was poor. Hayman was definitely for rich families. It became one of the aspirational images of suburban billboard and family magazine advertising. And y

It was a swine of a month for Singapore Airlines

It was a swine of a month for Singapore Airlines

Ben SandilandsJun 16, 2009

Dark brother is watching you, and sometimes its own

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 20092 Comments

Ever noticed a persistent sound of an aircraft in the sky that seems to come and go for long intervals yet is never there when you look? It's probably a police helicopter, or a quiet

Jetstar lets slip another 'ace' in the coming brawl with Tiger

Jetstar lets slip another ‘ace’ in the coming brawl with Tiger

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 2009

Jetstar this morning announced the transfer of one of its international routes, Perth-Jakarta-Singapore, to Jetstar Asia. Actually that's not what it highlighted in a concurrent anno

AF447-what exactly was said when the captain last spoke to Paris?

Ben SandilandsJun 14, 20093 Comments

Almost every possible scenario has now been attached to the fragments of factual information know publicly about the crash of Air France flight AF447 13 days ago. None of these scen

The Future-Airbus thinks it will be better without attempts to curb growth in air travel

The Future-Airbus thinks it will be better without attempts to curb growth in air travel

Ben SandilandsJun 13, 20092 Comments

The report's sponsors were clearly aiming at countering the EU policy dictum that aviation growth should be limited to 1% below its current trend rate (not the free fall collapse of

The Future-Boeing sees one, and it looks good

The Future-Boeing sees one, and it looks good

Ben SandilandsJun 13, 2009

Boeing this year is forecasting a market for 29,000 new passenger or freighter jets worth $US 3.2 trillion by 2028, which compares modestly over that period with the trillions in ne

AF447 is being rerun in flight simulators by other Airbus operators

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 20095 Comments

Some details of a US carrier running one of the crash cause scenarios through its Airbus A330 flight simulators are being circulated on several private airline forums and on the public

Angry Flyers Lounge-Qantas makes a meal out of boarding passes

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 20099 Comments

It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, printing out meal vouchers for delayed passengers on a boarding pass format, but..... Passing Through With Qantas

No sign of China & HK recovery in Cathay Pacific/Dragonair figures for May

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 2009

From the official statement just released to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and on financial wires:- Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair traffic figures for May 2009 show a

Angry Flyers Lounge-One lovely day on King Island

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 20093 Comments

One of the 51 or so voluntary redundancies at Tourism Tasmania that take effect today describes  the now defunct Kendall Airlines' finest hour. We used to go on familiarisation

The Past-The A300 makes its demo debut at Le Bourget 1973

The Past-The A300 makes its demo debut at Le Bourget 1973

Ben SandilandsJun 11, 20092 Comments

The photos struggle to reach ordinary. They were never intended for publication, because I was always working with professional newspaper photographers or television cameramen using

Virgin plays Little Endians v Big Endians over corporate travel

Ben SandilandsJun 11, 20095 Comments

Virgin Blue has backed, to use Monty Python terminology, the Little Endians against the Big Endians in its just announced tailored corporate travel program. We'll leave the pitch to

Jetstar A330-200 cockpit fire and diversion

Ben SandilandsJun 11, 2009

Jetstar statement regarding Jetstar Flight (JQ 20) Osaka - Gold Coast A Jetstar A330-200 aircraft operating directly between Osaka and the Gold Coast has made an emergency i