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Some notes about Virgin Blue and media amnesia

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 20105 Comments

There used to be a thing called a 'library' in newspapers, which might have been useful if consulted by the writers of some stories about Virgin Blue this week following its profit down

Five amazing airliners for the future

Five amazing airliners for the future

Ben SandilandsMay 20, 201016 Comments

How does a ‘virtual window’ for passengers, or a cockpit where the pilots fly lying prone grab you. Or a total of 25 seats across in a flying manta ray blended wing body airl

Greens risk their own votes in call for a Very Fast Train

Greens risk their own votes in call for a Very Fast Train

Ben SandilandsApr 25, 201017 Comments

In political terms, Senator Bob Brown's call for a new study on a VFT or

Boeing sees biofuels becoming viable by 2015

Boeing sees biofuels becoming viable by 2015

Ben SandilandsApr 14, 20106 Comments

Seen from afar yesterday morning’s Boeing hosted Aero Environment Summit in Sydney placed far more emphasis on the near term use of non-fossil carbon releasing fuels than the firs

So you're flying to Paris tonight

So you're flying to Paris tonight

Ben SandilandsApr 10, 2010

If you want to prepare yourself for the 21 hours it will take you to fly from here to Paris and in the confines of economy class, nothing could surpass

Hong Kong-the boom is back

Hong Kong-the boom is back

Ben SandilandsMar 14, 20102 Comments

All the vital signs from the Cathay Pacific and Dragonair operating statistics for February indicate that the boom has resumed in China. Fingers crossed. Fuel is too high. And the de

Tiger's generosity to Australia continues apace

Ben SandilandsFeb 25, 20104 Comments

Singapore Airlines controlled Tiger Airways is giving away seats for nothing except the compulsory taxes and charges across most of its network on every Tuesday and Wednesday between Ap

Virgin Blue takes the middle seat, and the money

Virgin Blue takes the middle seat, and the money

Ben SandilandsFeb 24, 20103 Comments

Virgin Blue didn't just return to profitability in the six months to December 31, but became the first jet airline with an Australia wide network to earn better profits , whether pe

A hard look at the Jetstar Customer Guarantee

A hard look at the Jetstar Customer Guarantee

Ben SandilandsFeb 11, 20105 Comments

Jetstar launches the first customer guarantee by an Australian airline this Friday morning (including its Asian and New Zealand franchises) by way of social media on YouTube and thr

Futility meets impossibility in costly new Australian air travel security measures

Ben SandilandsFeb 9, 20105 Comments

Looked at clinically, the $200 million air travel security upgrades including body scanners anno

Japan Airlines and the language of failure

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 20107 Comments

The analysis and commentary that preceded the Japan Airlines bankruptcy

Qantas declares the good time are back

Qantas declares the good time are back

Ben SandilandsDec 21, 2009

Qantas is now predicting a first half profit before tax of between $50-150 million, and today reported a strong rise in passenger numbers for the group airlines of 9.7% in its provisio

A reality check from Paul Keating and Peter Morris on Sydney's 2nd airport

Ben SandilandsDec 17, 20095 Comments

The Aviation White Paper has brought Sydney to a critical cross road

Jetstar smells Tiger blood

Ben SandilandsDec 14, 20091 Comment

There is so much more to this morning’s announcement that Jetstar will fly multi-daily between BOTH Melbourne airports and Brisbane from July 1. This is Jetstar v Everyone. That i

The Dreamliner awakes, the hour of first flight nears

The Dreamliner awakes, the hour of first flight nears

Ben SandilandsDec 13, 20091 Comment

In a medical analogy, the Dreamliner has been in an induced coma for more than two years, with many indignities inflicted upon its body, and Boeing management. But the excitement

As lift-off approaches Boeing also lifts 787 weights

Ben SandilandsDec 11, 20094 Comments

Jon Ostrower's report on heavier specifications for the

Jets v Developers at Canberra airport

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 200913 Comments

The cultural and political wars that dog airport developments in this country are on display once more, this time at Canberra Airport. There is an article and discussion on this on t

Qatar Airways, what, where and why?

Ben SandilandsDec 7, 200912 Comments

Is it another 'kangaroo route' competitor, a change maker, or both these things and perhaps a lot more? Qatar Airways today becomes the t

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