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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

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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.

The silent revolution gathers speed at Qantas

Ben SandilandsJan 24, 2009

The cone of silence is well and truly in play at Qantas as it builds up the number of mobile phone enabled jets in advance of launching in-flight connectivity for the non voice use of s

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

Ben SandilandsJan 21, 200921 Comments

Peter Ricketts, the author of the email bulletin, Asia-Pacific Aerospace Report, took these photos.

President Obama and the First Jet

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 20091 Comment

Everything you could wish to know about the flying command post that is Air Force One is

Tiger wants a cut from your hotel room rate

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 2009

Tiger Airways might just be after a portion of your hotel bill, maybe even a bit of what you spend on food and drinks. The budget priced carrier is moving to enforce the same one-sto

Why the Singapore Airlines Paris match could burn Qantas

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 20092 Comments

Singapore Airlines has confirmed rumours that its next A380 destination is Paris. The puffery that accompanies the announcement of daily links between its Australian flights and a ne

Miracle in the Hudson River

Miracle in the Hudson River

Ben SandilandsJan 16, 20097 Comments

The last major bird strike accident to a passenger flight was on 4 October, 1960, when an Eastern Air Lines Lockheed Electra turbo prop struck a flock of seagulls on leaving Boston's Lo

The party plane to Paris is on its way

Ben SandilandsJan 16, 20094 Comments

The locally obscure French colonial carrier, Air Austral, has sprung a big surprise on Qantas and Virgin Blue. It has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy two giant Airbus A38

Goodbye Nancy-Bird Walton (1915-2009)

Ben SandilandsJan 13, 20092 Comments

Nancy-Bird Walton who died this afternoon in Sydney aged 93 never lost her way in the air or on the ground. On a clear winter's day in June 2007, visiting the cockpit of an Airbus A3

Qantas and the Malaysian equation

Ben SandilandsJan 10, 20092 Comments

Since almost everyone in the country is speculating on a Qantas deal with Malaysia Airlines it is my turn to have a shot. Maybe it's looking at a Malaysian airline, not Malaysia Airl

How well Rooted are jet biofuels?

Ben SandilandsJan 9, 2009

Colleague Jane Nethercote has linked in Crikey blog Rooted to an assessment of jet biofuels in

Being seen as mean, tricky and unaccountable harms Tiger

Ben SandilandsJan 9, 2009

The latest 'horror' story about flying Tig

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