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Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

Ben Sandilands October 17, 2017 18 Comments

Making the Canadian CSeries jet a much bigger threat to its 737 family was probably not what Boeing intended when it tried to cripple it being sold cheaply to US carriers

How a Canadian regional jet could spark a ruinous trade war

How a Canadian regional jet could spark a ruinous trade war

Ben Sandilands September 28, 2017 28 Comments

With friends like the US Department of Commerce, does Boeing have a worse enemy in terms of a trade war fought over subsidies?

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

How ancillary charges might destroy full service carriers

How ancillary charges might destroy full service carriers

Ben Sandilands November 6, 2016 6 Comments

What seems good to airline stock jockeys could have unintended consequences when the customers revolt

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Ben Sandilands April 28, 2016 5 Comments

The X-factor in the little jet big Delta just ordered is lower fossil sourced carbon emissions designed to reap huge benefits from future carbon trading schemes

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.

Airbus A330 NEO underway as airlines deal with changed world

Airbus A330 NEO underway as airlines deal with changed world

Ben Sandilands September 8, 2015 10 Comments

What must be one of the fastest hi-tech makeovers of a wide body jet is underway at Airbus where the first metal cutting for its A330 NEO or new engine option variants is now underway.

Delta buys symbolic stake in China Eastern, but why?

Delta buys symbolic stake in China Eastern, but why?

Ben Sandilands July 28, 2015

After making a huge fuss over the alleged unfairness of sovereign ‘subsidies’ in Middle East carriers, US behemoth Delta is buying a symbolic stake in China Eastern, widely regarded as the most subsidised state owned airline of current times.

Virgin Australia Y+ upgrade a sign of more Pacific flight changes

Virgin Australia Y+ upgrade a sign of more Pacific flight changes

Ben Sandilands June 22, 2015 4 Comments

Virgin Australia has announced its new premium economy cabin for its 777-300ERs, which will form part of its responses to the new Qantas-American Airlines route initiatives between Australia and the US. The cabin becomes smaller, but the seats more widely spaced.

Anti-ME airline claims by US majors grow louder, what if they win?

Anti-ME airline claims by US majors grow louder, what if they win?

Ben Sandilands May 16, 2015 27 Comments

Let’s consider the possible consequences if the major US airlines, American, Delta and United, succeed in restricting if not reversing the expansion of the major middle east carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Qatar cuts through in the US anti-Arab airline row

Qatar cuts through in the US anti-Arab airline row

Ben Sandilands March 17, 2015 19 Comments

While Emirates marshals its lawyers, it’s Middle East rival, Qatar Airways, has gone for the nitty gritty in its response to the increasingly shrill US campaign against the big three Gulf carriers.

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

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, […]

Delta could be set to fly new Airbuses to Australia

Delta could be set to fly new Airbuses to Australia

Ben Sandilands November 21, 2014 4 Comments

For an airline which drives hard bargains for ‘run out’ model jets, Delta has broken its recent form by ordering 50 new, indeed, as yet not in service wide-body Airbus models.

We should all now go to Nashville, and it’s just become easier

We should all now go to Nashville, and it’s just become easier

Ben Sandilands October 1, 2014 3 Comments

Just a few days ago the question was what Virgin Australia might do to compete with really truly non-stop Qantas flights to Dallas Fort Worth? Well, the answer is Nashville, as in Nashville, Tennessee

Qantas A380s DFW-SYD could open competing US routes

Qantas A380s DFW-SYD could open competing US routes

Ben Sandilands September 29, 2014 14 Comments

With its A380s now serving Dallas non-stop both ways, Qantas hasn't just done what has been urged on it for years, but could cause a large competitive focus on new routes to America

Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

Ben Sandilands August 22, 2014 17 Comments

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

Delta rejects new models with classic Airbus order

Delta rejects new models with classic Airbus order

Ben Sandilands September 5, 2013 2 Comments

Giant US carrier spurns new tech jets in big order for existing versions of Airbus airliners.

Virgin Delta goes Mexican, but be a smart traveller

Virgin Delta goes Mexican, but be a smart traveller

Ben Sandilands July 2, 2013

Virgin Australia's quest for global reach has reached Mexico. If you go there, your will be rewarded, but also exposed to more risk than visiting the US for example.