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Qantas, bogged, dogged and possibly flogged?

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 2008

The Qantas follies continue, but at least the operational mishaps of the last few days weren't life threatening. On Friday night the Airbus A330 that was to operate the red-eye to T

Every dollar of a fuel surcharge is theft

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 20081 Comment

From today, with the fuel benchmark in the low USD 40 range, every dollar of every fuel surcharge collected by every airline is theft. None of these surcharges are remotely justifiab

Thunder in a cloudless sky

Ben SandilandsDec 7, 2008

On 29 September 2006, the wing tip of a brand new Embraer Legacy corporate jet sliced into a GOL 737 flying in the opposite direction over the Amazonian rain forest, causing the airline

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Secret Airbus dossier blows away the Dreamliner cover up

Ben SandilandsDec 4, 20081 Comment

Flightblogger, Jon Ostrower is offering downloads of an astonishing interna

QF+BA 'benefits' defy reality

Ben SandilandsDec 4, 20089 Comments

The spinning of the claimed benefits of a QF+BA merger seems to be approaching 'warp' speed, with the merger Trekkies in full chant. It is said that the combined entity will have bet

QF+BA, where is the public benefit?

Ben SandilandsDec 3, 20081 Comment

It is difficult from a consumer perspective to see any potential benefit for travellers in the proposed but as yet imprecisely detailed merger 'of equals' between Qantas and British Air

Some critical QF+BA issues

Ben SandilandsDec 3, 2008

One party always comes out on top in a merger, even one between 'equals' which is the phrase being spun into the media by Qantas and BA. Just listen to any of those who were in Qanta

QF+BA piles more pressure onto Singapore Airlines

Ben SandilandsDec 3, 2008

The possibility of a QF+BA merger adds immense pressure onto Singapore Airlines, and its majority shareholder, Temasek Holdings, to execute an effective strategy to participate in airli

What QF+BA might mean to sky warriors

Ben SandilandsDec 3, 2008

At first glance a merger of Qantas and British Airways might fill their frequent fliers with dread. BA is infamously good at loosing luggage and QF can't keep its jets fully maintain

Time, motion, airports and public transport synergies

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 20083 Comments

The difference between Australia's airlines and Anthony Albanese is that they want a second airport 'in' Sydney and as outlined in the Aviation Green Paper released today, he is searchi

The airports Sydney never built

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 20081 Comment

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese needs to be cautioned that his renewal of the quest for a second airport for Sydney has been a magnet for raving lunatics for deca

'Black vomit nut' promises cleaner, greener skies

'Black vomit nut' promises cleaner, greener skies

Ben SandilandsDec 1, 20082 Comments

The Jatropha family of shrubs gets a bad rap in some parts of the world where it is known as 'black vomit nut'. In Australia where it's a declared weed it's called 'bellyache bush', and

Two tickets from London for every passenger?

Ben SandilandsDec 1, 2008

A UK airline has responded in a background note to the recent post about the new Air Passenger Duty charges and how they will rob Qantas to pay Emirates. It says the UK government ch

The Sunday afternoon Qantas barbie

Ben SandilandsNov 30, 2008

There have been two image threatening Qantas 'crises' today. At least. Both in Brisbane. QF 168, a 767-300 from Tokyo via Cairns arrived with emergency services on more than their us

UK govt robs Qantas to 'pay' Emirates

Ben SandilandsNov 26, 20083 Comments

The doctrinaire, dare I suggest dishonest, approach of the UK government to adding taxes to air travel to 'save the environment' comes with some bizarre consequences. Chancellor of t

Flying ourselves into extinction?

Ben SandilandsNov 25, 2008

Is our taste (make that former taste given the state of the economy) for cheap flights flying our species into extinction? Or is the demonisation of air travel just another shallow exer

787 production frozen

Ben SandilandsNov 25, 2008

Ever since sitting in the 787 Dreamliner full scale mock up in Seattle in 2005 I've been infatuated with, and increasingly frustrated by, the delays to the development of this aircraft.

Qantas in a flap again

Ben SandilandsNov 23, 20082 Comments

The ugly news photos of a jammed leading edge flap on an aged Qantas 747-300 that was about to take off for a trans Tasman flight from Sydney on Saturday are another exhibit in the ca