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More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20096 Comments

The second billing in today's double header from the ATSB is the release of another interim factual

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20091 Comment

The ATSB has ordered new tests to determine if electromagnetic inference from military installations near Learmonth in WA is a possible cause of serious incidents involving Qantas A330s

Departure taxes, biosecurity and internet p*rn filters

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20093 Comments

The soften-them-up pre-Federal budget rumours include an increase to the departure tax which is currently $47. The claimed reason is to better fund border security including improved bi

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Is jet fuel made from algae taking root, or just rooted?

Ben SandilandsMar 5, 20095 Comments

The grail that is supposed to render aviation a zero emissions industry is fuel derived from algae. Progress has so far been amazingly fast, with a trial in the New Year of a twin engin

Australia's southern polar express makes a point

Australia’s southern polar express makes a point

Ben SandilandsMar 4, 2009

The jet was acquired to provide an air link between Hobart and the Wilkins Blue Ice runway some 70 kilometres from the Casey base. It has done this without technical problems since

Michael O’Leary p*sses on the media from a great height again

Ben SandilandsFeb 28, 20092 Comments

It says much about how daft the British media and the UK in general has become in these times when Michael O'Leary, the rude, crude and hugely successful chief executive of Ryanair, p*s

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

Ben SandilandsFeb 26, 20094 Comments

The problem for Jetstar is that it bet on the wrong Boeing, the much delayed and now range challenged 787 Dreamliner, which when it does turn up, will operate via Auckland, adding s

Air NZ versus the French investigation

Ben SandilandsFeb 26, 20091 Comment

Air New Zealand's CEO, Rob Fyfe, is indignant that the French accident investigation bureau, the BEA, did not take the airline's input into its preliminary findings concerning the crash

Virgin Blue is red, but far from dead

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 20091 Comment

No doubt to the dismay of those behind rumours that Virgin Blue is variously poised between imminent closure, or bleeding cash at a rate not seen since Ansett went down, the airline tod

Why aren’t the big Australian airlines doing better?

Ben SandilandsFeb 22, 2009

Tomorrow's late morning (23 February) half yearly financial results announcement and briefing by Virgin Blue should fill in some of the gaps in the public knowledge of how well, or

Qantas Moodys the waters as shares sink deeper

Ben SandilandsFeb 20, 20091 Comment

New Qantas CEO Alan Joyce knows how to moody the waters to perfection. Moody's Investor Services reduced its credit rating today from Baa1 to Baa2, causing the share price to tank by

Desperate times: Dismissal proof air fares offered in America

Ben SandilandsFeb 19, 2009

New York based 'hip' low cost airline JetBlue has launched dismissal proof air fares in the epicentre of the global financial crisis. Under its Promise Program, most buyers of air fares

Qantas ‘invades’ NZ with Jetstar

Ben SandilandsFeb 17, 20093 Comments

Although long anticipated, this morning's announcement that Jetstar will invade the tiny New Zealand domestic market means it is backs-to-the-wall time for Air New Zealand. To summar

Singapore to cut capacity and lop pay from the top down

Ben SandilandsFeb 16, 2009

Singapore Airlines says it will cut capacity by 11% in its next financial year starting 1 April. It is talking to its unions about sacrifices, and says any pay cuts will start at the to

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

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