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Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don’t rule

Melbourne-Los Angeles becomes a route where A380s don’t rule

Ben Sandilands April 5, 2017 9 Comments

Virgin Australia throws everything at Qantas on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route

787 ‘no magic carpet ride’

Ben Sandilands February 17, 2012 6 Comments

How good is the Boeing 787 as a passenger experience? It is early days, but since there is no basis in physics for the experience of passengers in one Dreamliner jet to be different from those in many of them in terms of cabin pressure and humidity retention, this video from Scott McCartney of the […]

The awkward metric in Virgin Australia’s new A330 flights

Ben Sandilands January 16, 2012 1 Comment

Virgin Australia delivered this morning on its promise of more A330-200 flights in 2012, with Melbourne-Perth double dailies from 14 May and a Sydney-Melbourne morning peak hour rotation from 15 May. But there is one metric in the announcement that speaks loudly about the problems domestic flights, and their often long suffering regular flyers, are […]

Boeing also a casualty of Qantas restructuring

Boeing also a casualty of Qantas restructuring

Ben Sandilands August 16, 2011 10 Comments

Those interested in Qantas fleet decisions will find not a single word in the airline’s restructuring filings about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. There is a diagram, which lists a total of 50 orders for the high plastic and highly delayed airliner for delivery from late 2013. But not a single line relating directly to the […]

Is tin back in at Boeing, or Airbus?

Ben Sandilands June 11, 2011 6 Comments

Alcoa has begun a media campaign to get the airlines onside in its efforts to persuade Boeing to choose a metal alloy rather than a plastic or composite material for the design and manufacture of its 737 replacement series of jets, whenever that might happen. It is an intriguing campaign at many levels, not least […]

The 787 runs out of time and lies

Ben Sandilands February 20, 2011 16 Comments

There has been a noticeable change in media tactics being used by Boeing in relation to the 787 program, with the emphasis on managing the messages about a program in which the risk of failure is becoming painfully obvious. Candor has replaced evasion in the articles appearing in the US media. “Sources” have been replaced […]

Jetstar clinches ‘early’ Dreamliners

Ben Sandilands July 14, 2010 2 Comments

Word from the other side of the Pacific is that Jetstar has clinched the ‘early’ delivery of 8 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners from June 2012, and will then take a furtherĀ  seven 787-9s as they become available in 2014. An announcement by the airline, or perhaps they mean its owner Qantas, is expected later today, when […]

Qantas bites tongue over its Dreamliner nightmare

Ben Sandilands March 18, 2009 2 Comments

Some increasingly serious questions about the much delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner are going unanswered. So far Qantas, the largest airline customer for the ‘plastic fantastic’ jet, isn’t adding its voice to new concerns about the Dreamliner, but other carriers in recent days haven’t been so reticent. Airlines in China and Mexico are expressing alarm that […]

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

Ben Sandilands January 21, 2009 21 Comments

The last of the delay prone ‘classic’ era Qantas jumbo jets, a Boeing 747-338 left Sydney for the desert scrap heap at Marana, Arizona, last night. Its departure, a mere 45 minutes late, is believed to have been held up by air traffic control delays. The jet built in 1985 spent much of its final […]