Ben Sandilands October 17, 2017 48 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
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?
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 November 6, 2016 6 Comments
What seems good to airline stock jockeys could have unintended consequences when the customers revolt
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, […]
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.
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
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
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.
Ben Sandilands September 5, 2013 2 Comments
Giant US carrier spurns new tech jets in big order for existing versions of Airbus airliners.
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.