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Being seen as mean, tricky and unaccountable harms Tiger

Ben SandilandsJan 9, 2009

The latest 'horror' story about flying Tig

iPhone iFly iPay-by-the-minute

Ben SandilandsJan 8, 2009

It's a bold new way of flying. Wired blog Autopia reports on a South African idea to start a new a

Why a threatened oneworld split up means little to a real world

Ben SandilandsJan 8, 20098 Comments

The chairman of British Airways, Martin Broughton, is being given space by the consumer and technical aviation media abroad in which to

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A lightning fast departure from Brisbane

A lightning fast departure from Brisbane

Ben SandilandsJan 6, 20092 Comments

The images show just how lightning proof airliners have become in the last 30 years. The most dangerous places to be in an electrical storm include golf courses, beaches or standing

Another entry for the Airbus A330 X-files!

Ben SandilandsJan 2, 2009

The Harold E Holt naval communications base near Exmouth on WA's North West Cape is about to get worked over again as a menace to airliners, at least in the excitable media. A short

Virgin removes Qantas and Jetstar domestic fuel levies

Ben SandilandsDec 30, 2008

It didn't take long. Following Virgin Blue's Christmas Eve announcement of its removal of domestic fuel surcharges from tomorrow, New Year's eve, Qantas and Jetstar this afternoon scra

Qantas on-line check-ins slowed to a shuffle

Ben SandilandsDec 29, 20085 Comments

Two short domestic holiday season flights on Qantas were on-time and cost less than Virgin Blue, which seems to be a common experience these days. But Qantas customer service has los

Will Qantas turn shame into gain?

Ben SandilandsDec 27, 2008

Virgin Blue's elimination of domestic fuel surcharges announced on Christmas Eve seems to put Qantas to shame, but travel retailers are chatting about its likely response as being a hea

It's merger fantasy silly season

Ben SandilandsDec 24, 2008

When Macquarie Equities allows itself to be reported as saying Malaysia Airlines would be 'a better fit' for Qantas, and the general media breaks out in a sweat over a fictitious story

Your Christmas flight might even be on time

Ben SandilandsDec 23, 2008

Civil Air, the air traffic controller union, says there will be n

Qantas slashes fuel surcharges after most holiday tickets bought

Ben SandilandsDec 22, 2008

Qantas and Jetstar reduced their fuel surcharges this afternoon but most Christmas holiday travellers will miss out on the long overdue savings. This is because the reductions only a

Defining moments in deceptive conduct by airlines

Ben SandilandsDec 22, 2008

Last week the ACCC told Plane Talking it didn't monitor airline charges and would only intervene in the pricing of air fares if it believed a carrier was engaging in deceptive conduct.

Delta's Pacific tsunami may drive defensive mergers

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 2008

The competitive tsunami caused by Delta Air Lines entering the Australia-US air travel market may drive defensive consolidation counter measures by Qantas, Virgin Blue and Air New Zeala

Oil $US 36.20, fuel levy robbery continues

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 20081 Comment

Oil is dropping like a rock this morning, and at 8.30 EDT was $US 36.20. The robbery called fuel surcharges on Australian tickets continues even as foreign carriers start lining up t

Delta coming to Sydney, 1 July daily 777-200LRs

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 20083 Comments

Not yet announced in Australia, the Delta Air Lines website says it will start daily non-stops between Sydney and Los Angeles on 1 July with Boeing 777-200LRs. Presumably all the gov

Qantas-BA=Why not have another crack at Air New Zealand?

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 20082 Comments

Now that Qantas+ BA has become Qantas-BA, what might be the next step? The failure of the merger talks "at this point in time" to quote the Qantas statement is no surprise. There wa

Boeing avoids the 'D' word

Ben SandilandsDec 16, 2008

Following weekend rumors published in Flightblogger which claimed delamination

Rudd's stunted vision rewards dumb carbon populism

Ben SandilandsDec 16, 20084 Comments

A few weeks back Airbus sent an alternative fuels expert to Australia (Sebastian Remy) to

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