Ben Sandilands September 8, 2017 32 Comments
United's non-stops between Sydney and Houston may actually be about Air NZ's ambitions to do Auckland-New York City
Ben Sandilands October 30, 2016 5 Comments
Enjoy the ‘golden age’ of roomy A350s versus super efficient but passenger unfriendly higher density 777s and 787s. It mightn't last long
Ben Sandilands September 6, 2016 4 Comments
Daily Emirates A380s to Queenstown and Dunedin can't be far off after this announcement
Ben Sandilands April 8, 2016 7 Comments
Behind the words, the Vanuatu airport crisis is essentially about ensuring money for infrastructure gets spent on the project, and nothing else
Ben Sandilands March 30, 2016 10 Comments
Air New Zealand’s unhappiness with Virgin Australia has caused today’s ASX trading halt in VAH while the highly profitable NZ carrier decides whether to sell all or part of its minority 25.9 percent stake in Australia’s second largest airline group.
Ben Sandilands March 21, 2016 4 Comments
This is an awkward moment for Virgin Australia in that today’s announcement of a $425 million unsecured loan from its rich and powerful airline backers buys it more time to fix its finances.
Ben Sandilands March 14, 2016 7 Comments
There are good reasons why Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are pursuing home grown jet grade biofuels in issuing a Request for Information or RFI today in both countries.
Ben Sandilands February 25, 2016 4 Comments
Air New Zealand has outshone its rival Qantas/Jetstar and its Australian investment, Virgin Australia, by declaring an even bigger dividend to go with surging first half profits.
Ben Sandilands November 11, 2015 10 Comments
There is hope for normal sized adults seeking an economy fare in a tight fit Dreamliner 787-8 if flying between Auckland and Los Angeles daily from next 16 June.
Ben Sandilands October 9, 2015 43 Comments
The activation by Air New Zealand of the potential of its Star Alliance relationship with United to bring the US carrier onto the San Francisco-Auckland route means Qantas would be really keen to have its first tranche of Boeing 787-9s now rather than in the second half of 2017.
Ben Sandilands September 27, 2015 25 Comments
Whatever got into the mind of the person who flew a bright red drone ‘very’ close to an Air New Zealand A320 north of Christchurch on Friday?
Ben Sandilands August 26, 2015 33 Comments
The end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin Australia has run into a problem. It didn’t include Air New Zealand.
Ben Sandilands July 6, 2014 11 Comments
Today’s stories about a captain briefly locking his first officer out of the cockpit of an Air NZ 777 somewhere between Perth and Auckland are weird in their own right, and touch on something that could be of critical importance in the mystery of missing 777 flight, MH370.
Ben Sandilands January 4, 2014 9 Comments
The first Boeing 787-9, which will after testing become an Air New Zealand jet, is on its way to Auckland, the first stage of a tour which will take it to Alice Springs for trial hot weather operations.
Ben Sandilands December 21, 2013 13 Comments
Here’s a guessing game for readers of the weekend edition of The Australian. Who in Federal Cabinet might Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon have spoken to before giving a scathing interview to the newspaper about Qantas orchestrating a ‘crisis’ for which it in part blames the New Zealand carrier and Virgin Australia stake holder?
Ben Sandilands November 8, 2013 15 Comments
It’s not just passengers who will feel the squeeze in economy when Air NZ inaugurates the world’s first service with the Boeing 787-9 variant in less than a year on the Auckland-Perth route.
Ben Sandilands August 14, 2013 11 Comments
Changes to Qantas international services announced today lift its competitive responses to Air NZ on Perth services, Cathay Pacific on Hong Kong routes, and Virgin Australia on its US schedule.
Ben Sandilands July 28, 2013 6 Comments
Without ceremony, but not without spectacle, Boeing has wheeled out the first Dreamliner 787-9 in its house livery ready for the start of its certification flights.