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United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

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

A350 versus 787 comfort contests spreads to NZ, but for how long?

A350 versus 787 comfort contests spreads to NZ, but for how long?

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

Emirates attacks Middle Earth, no Christchurch, with more A380s

Ben Sandilands September 6, 2016 4 Comments

Daily Emirates A380s to Queenstown and Dunedin can't be far off after this announcement

Air NZ, Qantas insist on safety measures at Port Vila before their flights resume

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

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

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.

Virgin Australia’s pursuit of excellence gets another top-up

Virgin Australia’s pursuit of excellence gets another top-up

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.

Virgin, Air NZ take another step toward biofuels

Virgin, Air NZ take another step toward biofuels

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.

Air NZ lands bigger first half year profits

Air NZ lands bigger first half year profits

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.

American aid program for NZ tourism starts next June with daily 787s

American aid program for NZ tourism starts next June with daily 787s

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.

Air NZ might have just decided where Qantas will fly its first 787s

Air NZ might have just decided where Qantas will fly its first 787s

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.

Air NZ drone incident underlines clear risk of disastrous collisions

Air NZ drone incident underlines clear risk of disastrous collisions

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?

Air New Zealand vows to take more of Australian market

Air New Zealand vows to take more of Australian market

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.

Air NZ cockpit lockout and MH370, is there a common factor?

Air NZ cockpit lockout and MH370, is there a common factor?

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.

Boeing 787-9 on way to hot date in Alice Springs

Boeing 787-9 on way to hot date in Alice Springs

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.

Air New Zealand breaks Alan Joyce’s cone of silence

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?

Air NZ’s 787-9 plans put a squeeze on Qantas

Air NZ’s 787-9 plans put a squeeze on Qantas

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.

Qantas aims new services at Air NZ, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia

Qantas aims new services at Air NZ, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia

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.

Boeing rolls out THE most important 787 yet, the -9

Boeing rolls out THE most important 787 yet, the -9

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.