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Japan Airlines shades Qantas, Air NZ with roomier economy seats

Japan Airlines shades Qantas, Air NZ with roomier economy seats

Ben SandilandsJun 14, 20163 Comments

The idea that being nice to economy class passengers could give an airline a cost and reputation advantage mightn't make sense to many carriers, but Japan Airlines is giving it a work out with better seating

Airbus's Master of the Paint Job explains how 'vivid' works

Airbus's Master of the Paint Job explains how 'vivid' works

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 20166 Comments

Airbus has started inking rather than painting jets, and it's likely your flight will soon look anything but bland on boarding

MH370 parts are silent witnesses to a violent end for missing jet

MH370 parts are silent witnesses to a violent end for missing jet

Ben SandilandsJun 10, 2016

There is little doubt that bits of MH370 were washed ashore from Southern Africa to South Australia

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Second China group bids for Virgin Australia stake

Second China group bids for Virgin Australia stake

Ben SandilandsJun 10, 20166 Comments

A major China play for Virgin Australia seems to be on, but will Singapore Airlines try to take out its PRC rivals?

MH370: Do the pilot-ATC tapes offer subtle clues?

MH370: Do the pilot-ATC tapes offer subtle clues?

Ben SandilandsJun 8, 20162 Comments

A pilot reviews the last words from MH370 and comes to a terrible conclusion about the actions of the Captain

Qantas diverts big jet to Richmond amid Sydney floods

Qantas diverts big jet to Richmond amid Sydney floods

Ben SandilandsJun 5, 201635 Comments

Passenger jets seldom have cause to land at Richmond RAAF base which is NOT really near Sydney, but today has been 'different' for a Qantas A330

Emirates upgrades Auckland to non-stop A380s

Emirates upgrades Auckland to non-stop A380s

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 201610 Comments

The Emirates food chain from 777 up to A380 services is about to apply to NZ-Dubai flights

Airbus A380 may grow a new pair of wing tips

Airbus A380 may grow a new pair of wing tips

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 20168 Comments

Airbus hints at upscaling its A380s and A350s sooner rather than later

MH370's nine fragments imply search may be too far south

MH370's nine fragments imply search may be too far south

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 20162 Comments

The imprecise business of ocean current drift analysis is a lot sharper in focus than most of the popular theories about the loss of MH370

MH370 search vessels battered by massive waves

MH370 search vessels battered by massive waves

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 2016

Another insight into the Australian managed MH370 search has been posted from the southern Indian Ocean

Virgin Australia wants daily China flights ASAP

Virgin Australia wants daily China flights ASAP

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 20163 Comments

Virgin Australia has started something on the China-Australia air routes that its rivals as well as its captive airline stakeholders may well seek to confine

Airbus A320 NEO gets its second engine option on

Airbus A320 NEO gets its second engine option on

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 2016

The contest between CFM and Pratt & Whitney to power the A320 NEOs looks like being on for 'real' very soon

Airbus has an answer to the Boeing 777-X, but only if needed

Airbus has an answer to the Boeing 777-X, but only if needed

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 2016

It seems that all airlines need to do to get larger A350s with over 400 seats in the next decade is to rock up with suitably large orders and down payments

Airbus concerned by Brexit, free trade doubts

Airbus concerned by Brexit, free trade doubts

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 20161 Comment

Could the next shock for airlines and aircraft makers be political developments on both sides of the North Atlantic?

ATSB reports on two 737s blindsided by fog at Mildura ... in 2013

ATSB reports on two 737s blindsided by fog at Mildura ... in 2013

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 20168 Comments

Virgin Australia and Qantas each found one of their 737s in peril three years ago when they were forced by inadequate fuel loads to divert to Mildura in a weather crisis that became much worse as they prepared to land at the country town

Virgin Australia does deal with China's HNA for 13% equity and codeshares

Virgin Australia does deal with China's HNA for 13% equity and codeshares

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 2016

Virgin Australia and Australia's tourism industry stand likely to be transformed by the China deal announced this morning

Airbus: The exoskeletons start to come out to play

Airbus: The exoskeletons start to come out to play

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 20161 Comment

Airbus takes a Starship Trooper's approach to cloaking humans with robotic limbs to cut costs and keep older people in employment

Airbus unconcerned if Boeing MAXs out on one of its engines

Airbus unconcerned if Boeing MAXs out on one of its engines

Ben SandilandsMay 30, 2016

Will Boeing 'borrow' a big diameter new tech engine from rival Airbus to win back lost ground in the lucrative single aisle market

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