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Why the 2nd Sydney Airport search is flawed

Why the 2nd Sydney Airport search is flawed

It is a reminder how desperate the Federal Government is to avoid building a second Sydney Airport within Sydney that it refuses to acknowledge that the main reason why people regularly use air travel at all is to save time. This ‘flaw’ is obvious from today’s SMH report into the selection process. If the additional […]

There are A380s here, just out of frame

There are A380s here, just out of frame

This photo, from Sydney Airport, of the newly opened airside Forum at Sydney ‘s International Terminal is interesting for what it doesn’t show. Aircraft. There are now 60 Airbus A380 movements at the airport a week, which is a lot of appearances for the giant airliner considering that only 29 of the them have made […]

How much would you pay for extra legroom in economy?

How much would you pay for extra legroom in economy?

It’s been official since last September that Virgin Blue is looking at less legroom for the cheapest seats and more for those on more flexible fares. And it isn’t alone in looking for different price point and value options. But will individuals or those who control company travel accounts really pay more for the extra […]

Porn and air travellers

Porn and air travellers

So, Australian customs officials are now asking a question on the arrival form that technically requires the traveller to decide whether any photos they have of themselves and their lovers is ‘pornography’ when in fact the alternative answers might be that is ‘art’ and that it is definitely ‘none of your business’. In my opinion, […]

Volcanic dust meets doubter pilot! NOT

Volcanic dust meets doubter pilot! NOT

CORRECTION: Everything in this item is correct, except for the fact that the damage wasn’t caused by the Icelandic eruption, and it wasn’t circulated by someone who was really in aviation insurance. Thanks to The Winchester for uncovering the awful truth. The author of this hoax will be hunted down and hurled into the nearest […]

BA cabin crew versus the good old days

BA cabin crew versus the good old days

‘What would the chief purser in this old airline commercial have made of the militant British Airways cabin crew’ asks a reader? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuoV0mfxdUI[/youtube] Let’s guess. He’s now 90, living in a posh Chelsea retirement ‘barracks’, and has thrown his walking frame through the video screen showing the latest BBC report on threats of further strike […]

How Qantaslink bent a jet with a 3.6g hard landing

How Qantaslink bent a jet with a 3.6g hard landing

On February 7, 2008, a Qantaslink Boeing 717 was slammed onto the runway at Darwin Airport so hard it deformed and wrinkled the rear of the fuselage sufficiently badly for it to be officially declared an air accident. Of course Qantas insisted at the time that “National Jet [which operated the Qantaslink 717 fleet under […]

Tiger profits from past Australian losses, and lots of lolly from the trolley

Tiger profits from past Australian losses, and lots of lolly from the trolley

Helped by high trolley ‘lolly’ sales such as food and drinks in-flight, and a tax credit against earlier losses in Australia, Tiger Airways has posted a net profit after tax of $SIN 28.2 million for the combined operations of its Singapore and Australia operations in the full year to March 31. Tiger Airways president and […]

Budget nasty: $8.5 million study on how to kill Sydney as a major centre for business

Budget nasty: $8.5 million study on how to kill Sydney as a major centre for business

There is a fine piece of ‘nation unbuilding’ double speak in last night’s Federal Budget in its allocation of $8.5 million for an ‘Aviation Strategic Plan for Sydney‘. The title is as misleading as Laurie Breteton’s decision in 1995 to ‘stop work on Badgery’s Creek in order to fast track it,‘ in relation to building […]

Jetstar launches Singapore based long haul flights

Jetstar launches Singapore based long haul flights

Jetstar has just told the Singapore media that it will become Singapore’s first long haul low cost airline from late this year, flying A330-200s to Australia and North Asian or European destinations from Changi Airport. It has also sent a signal to Qantas employees that the jobs being created to put the group’s services back […]