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How Airbus nearly killed 155 people according to an idiot

Ben SandilandsFeb 15, 20098 Comments

There is a rather childish email going around about the alleged truth behind the Hudson River water parking incident, headed An opinion about the A320 from one unident

The Apocalypse Now tactic for saving bushfire lives

Ben SandilandsFeb 12, 20092 Comments

Just as the complex failures of a delayed national emergency warning system hit th

Air traffic controllers endorse possible industrial action

Ben SandilandsFeb 12, 20091 Comment

Air traffic controllers have voted by 701 to 42 in favour of industrial action as may be directed by their union Civil Air over grievances concerning pay negotiations and levels of over

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Bowser theft by airlines continues to fall

Ben SandilandsFeb 12, 2009

Jetstar has just removed the last of its fuel surcharges by eliminating the remaining international imposts and savings its customers up to $68 each way. The benchmark fuel price has be

FAA bends rules for Airbus as well as Boeing

Ben SandilandsFeb 10, 2009

The Seattle Times reports that the FAA has bent the rules for making fue

Fake Qantas engineers. Does CASA do anything useful?

Ben SandilandsFeb 8, 20094 Comments

The 'discovery' of another fake licensed engineer at Qantas and rumours of more to come begs the question as to whether CASA does anything useful. In the previous two years CASA has

Branson's unguarded moment concerning United Airlines

Ben SandilandsFeb 7, 20091 Comment

Richard Branson's comments prior to the delivery of V Australia's first Boeing 777-300ER would find strong support among many, many travellers but must have caused a bit of pain at Virg

Hansen sorry but sticks to jets and global warming comments

Ben SandilandsFeb 6, 2009

One of the clearest voices expressing concern over anthropogenic global warming, James Hansen, has revisited his controversial

More rude wake up calls for airline investors

Ben SandilandsFeb 6, 20091 Comment

This morning's cancellation of another 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, this time by Dubai based leasing company LCAL, has almost nothing to do with that airliner's problems and everything to

WARNING: Jetstar to go offline for more than two days!

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 20092 Comments

Jetstar is being incredibly up-front about what lies in store for its travellers from this Friday afternoon until sometime next Monday morning. They are swopping computer reservation

AGW authority refuses to support airport protest

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 20091 Comment

A climate change authority and campaigner for urgent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, Dr James Hansen, has

A dead cat bounce moment in Melbourne

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 2009

The switchboard at Melbourne's International Airport appeared busy denying Tiger Airlines had shut down this morning following a call to Neil Mitchell on 3AW by 'John who works there.'

Qantas:-a quick look at the figures

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 2009

The Qantas half yearly results have been posted on the ASX website without the usual simultaneous press conference with the CEO, as Alan Joyce is still in Madrid after attending a tenth

Qantas will drop the curtain on the good times this afternoon

Ben SandilandsFeb 4, 20091 Comment

Details are still under wraps, but Qantas will this afternoon release its half yearly results two weeks sooner than planned as late as yesterday morning when 19 February remained the of

MacAir stops flying as debts rise and contracts dry up

Ben SandilandsJan 30, 2009

The Queensland regional carrier and resources industry charter airline MacAir has entered voluntary administration with local press reports of debts of around $14 million. The state

Boeing still doesn't get it

Ben SandilandsJan 29, 20093 Comments

Boeing provided more insights into its decline into incompetency overnight which deserve to be studied by large businesses in general. Chief executive Jim McNerny said that it would

Another perfect ditching from way back

Another perfect ditching from way back

Ben SandilandsJan 27, 20091 Comment

The perfect precedent for the recent Hudson River ditching of a US Airways jet occurred on 16 October, 1956, when a Pan American World Airways Stratocruiser ended up in the Pacific Ocea

Changi gets a Singapore trim

Ben SandilandsJan 26, 20091 Comment

The longest scheduled flight in the world from Singapore to Newark will be reduced below daily frequency from mid February by Singapore Airlines because of the global financial crisis.