Ben Sandilands September 29, 2017 2 Comments
There is an urgent need for a better airport experience for Australia-New Zealand flyers. Has the TTF nailed it?
Ben Sandilands August 25, 2017 8 Comments
Qantas is again throwing down the non-stop gauntlet to Airbus and Boeing, but there are 'catches'
Ben Sandilands August 23, 2017 5 Comments
The Kiwis may be about to prove that they are much nicer to deal with than robotic automatons at airports
Ben Sandilands April 7, 2017 3 Comments
If you've ever been sandwiched between NZ sports stars crossing the Tasman, there is hope the crush will soon be over
Ben Sandilands October 6, 2016 4 Comments
Two airline campaigns featuring a Hollywood celebrity, and a duck, somehow managed to launch on the same day in Sydney ...
Ben Sandilands July 27, 2016
Etihad is staying the course at Virgin Australia as speculation continues about a future contest for control of Australia's second largest airline
Ben Sandilands June 15, 2016 8 Comments
ME giant Etihad appears to be a happy prisoner of the Virgin Australia restructuring deal and it's likely Tigerair will boost VA's international expansion in competition with Jetstar
Ben Sandilands June 15, 2016
With a pile of new money and fleet cutbacks, and two new China stakeholders, Virgin Australia is about to become something different to what it is now
Ben Sandilands January 28, 2016 11 Comments
The failed state of Vanuatu’s shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New Zealand, is now taking its jets home until things get fixed.
Ben Sandilands November 26, 2015 5 Comments
Air travellers are getting used to ancillary charges, especially those who fly ‘full service’ in America, or ‘low cost’ in Australia and much of Asia.
Ben Sandilands November 13, 2015 1 Comment
Not just new non-stop flights to Houston and Buenos Aires (both by year’s end) but to Ho Chi Minh City from next June. Air New Zealand continues to build more spokes for its Pacific wheel and Auckland hub.
Ben Sandilands October 30, 2015 3 Comments
There is suddenly more at stake here than the supremacy of Australia’s Wallabies over the New Zealand All Blacks in Sunday morning’s Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.
Ben Sandilands July 2, 2015 2 Comments
Air NZ has revived the roman catapult or trebuchet in its opening shot in the trans Tasman ski holiday contest that always breaks out at this time of year.
Ben Sandilands June 26, 2015 6 Comments
The impressive winning entry in a private competition to redesign New Zealand’s flag could inspire a radical, and perhaps much needed, change in Air New Zealand’s livery.
Ben Sandilands April 16, 2015 7 Comments
Air New Zealand’s new service between Auckland and Houston from December might not be quite the challenge to the Qantas service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth that is being suggested elsewhere.
Ben Sandilands March 3, 2015
Some years ago on a family visit by a US relative to Auckland, we treated our guest to an All Blacks game at Eden Park, complete with a full haka (there being no half measures when the action involves the Wallabies). She couldn’t quite get that the ceremony was all bluff, but alas, as usual, […]
Ben Sandilands December 12, 2014 2 Comments
It didn’t take long for Air New Zealand to name its next route after its CEO Christopher Luxon said, inter alia, who cares about end of the line when we are at a focal point for the Pacific Rim.
Ben Sandilands December 8, 2014 9 Comments
Air New Zealand is making money taking on the Middle East with Middle Earth. And its CEO Christopher Luxon has no time for the 'distractions' of supplementary low cost brands, like Jetstar or Tigerair.