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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

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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

787 wing rumor unofficially denied

Ben SandilandsDec 15, 2008

OK, start breathing again. After a whole day Boeing has said nothing about the delamination rumors but Flightblogger has spoken to his sources and established they are false. It is t

Is the wing peeling apart on the 787?

Ben SandilandsDec 14, 2008

Boeing must urgently address US rumors in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and referenced on Jon Ostrower's

But what about problems with Airbuses?

Ben SandilandsDec 12, 2008

Plane Talking has been serving it up to Boeing ever since the blog launched at the end of September. A few retards in the juvenile aviation world have said the blog is therefore bias

Dreamliner latest; It's very late

Ben SandilandsDec 12, 20082 Comments

Boeing has announced that the Dreamliner 787 will not fly until the second quarter of next year, and that the first of the 'plastic fantastics' will not be delivered to All Nippon Airwa

The ACCC, petrol 'Yes', fuel surcharges 'No'

Ben SandilandsDec 11, 20081 Comment

The ACCC isn't interested in the fuel surcharge ripoffs. A spokesman says, "The ACCC doesn't vet or approve the prices charged by airlines. "We don't have a role in the setting or

The robbery continues...

Ben SandilandsDec 11, 2008

US reports are now predicting the oil benchmark may sag into the USD 30s band in coming days, making the continued imposition of fuel levies by airlines even more untenable than it has

Is suck up reporting bad for Qantas?

Ben SandilandsDec 9, 20085 Comments

Alan Joyce's speech yesterday blaming a 'confluence of events' and exce

Qantas puts Joyce under observation

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 20081 Comment

The QF+BA circus performs its next act in Sydney this afternoon. At short notice the media has been invited to ‘observe' new CEO Alan Joyce make his first major speech in that role