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Facebook in the sky…in a blue nightie!

Ben SandilandsNov 12, 20089 Comments

Air France KLM is bringing social networking to its flights. Via a site called (gasp)! The concept is daring to say the least. Members of its frequent flyer program

Under the pump. Will airlines ‘hide’ their fuel surcharges?

Ben SandilandsNov 11, 20081 Comment

The roll back of fuel surcharges on airfares continues apace as oil drops even faster and further than the Australian dollar. Virgin Blue is the latest example. It has cut its surcha

Boeing’s bad day out

Ben SandilandsNov 5, 20082 Comments

If the news about the Dreamliner screw up this morning (in today's Crikey) isn't bad enough to warrant being sneaked out on US election day, there is also a further problem with its sin

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Lufthansa & the Virgins, will they make love or war?

Ben SandilandsOct 30, 2008

An intensely interesting situation has arisen in Europe after Lufthansa assumed outright control of UK carrier bmi after chairman Sir Michael Bishop exercised a £318 million option to

Price fixing is theft

Ben SandilandsOct 28, 20082 Comments

Qantas has announced a $20 million settlement with the ACCC in relation to price fixing within its freight division in Australia. It has previously settled its liability for similar con

C’mon tigger, come out and play

Ben SandilandsOct 27, 20082 Comments

Jetstar keeps trying to entice Tiger Airways to 'come out and play'. The current 'playground' is Adelaide, which Tiger has been trying to mark as its own with recent announcements of ne

Jetzilla meets the original V-jet

Jetzilla meets the original V-jet

Ben SandilandsOct 23, 2008

What a shame Qantas didn't shine a bit more of the spotlight on the original article when its first A380 inaugurated commercial services by the giant Airbus at LAX this week.

The fright is airborne

The fright is airborne

Ben SandilandsOct 23, 2008

A great shot of an EVA Air of Taiwan 747 leaving Schiphol Airport at Amsterdam, taken by Dutch photographer Points1.

New Melbourne money machine takes off

Ben SandilandsOct 20, 20082 Comments

If the TV coverage of this morning's inaugural Qantas A380 departure from Melbourne to Los Angeles is a good guide the fully laden jet took off in 23-25 seconds. That is incredibly prom

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

Ben SandilandsOct 17, 20082 Comments

The US Federal Aviation Administration or FAA has put up a new resource on Lessons Learned from major crashes. So far there are 11 accident

A unique incident that needs further examination

Ben SandilandsOct 14, 2008

The ATSB media briefing this evening, at a time and place almost no-one could attend and without dial-in facilities, has described the QF 72 accident as being caused by a 'unique' fault

QF 72 late developments

Ben SandilandsOct 14, 2008

The ATSB has called a media conference to update the public on its QF 72 inquiry for this evening, coincidentally after most of the first editions of tomorrow's newspapers will be locke

Inside the QF 72 investigation

Ben SandilandsOct 10, 2008

The ATSB held another briefing on the QF 72 accident today which includes an animation of the episodes of uncontrolled

QF 72 made shorter but nasty dives

Ben SandilandsOct 9, 2008

Some early surprises have emerged from the black box flight recorders that have been read at the ATSB headquarters in Canberra. The flight data recorder shows that the initial uncomm

No it wasn’t a laptop or a Blackberry or an iPhone, or…

Ben SandilandsOct 9, 2008

There is an absurd rumor going around that Qantas is going to confiscate smart phones and computers at the gate to avoid the electronic contamination that some other rumors say is being

Some important questions about QF 72

Ben SandilandsOct 9, 2008

In today's Crikey some important questions about the QF 72 incident are highlighted. They may or may

QF 72-an ‘irregularity’ at 37,000 feet, but why?

Ben SandilandsOct 8, 20084 Comments

The ATSB has described how an 'irregularity' in the elevator control system hit QF 72 while it was in level flight at 37,000 feet over WA yesterday shortly before its emergency landin

How far down, how quickly and why?

Ben SandilandsOct 8, 20083 Comments

At this stage the general public and the investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau know as much about the QF 72 emergency over WA yesterday as each other. Which is next

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