Ben Sandilands April 13, 2017 14 Comments
ATSB finds hitherto unknown dangerous part failure in REX flight that suddenly lost a prop
Ben Sandilands March 20, 2017 85 Comments
A SAAB 340 similar to the REX plane did lose a propeller in similar circumstances 26 years ago
Ben Sandilands March 9, 2017 7 Comments
Don't expect the new airline lobby to bust airport parking rip-offs, but they may force runway and airspace upgrades
Ben Sandilands September 8, 2016 5 Comments
Gliders and airliners keep just missing each other at country airports and the ATSB spells out the risks in this close call earlier in the year
Ben Sandilands March 13, 2015 17 Comments
The ATSB has dissected the confused performance of two REX pilots who set up their SAAB 340 turbo-prop to land on a coal loader they had mistaken for Newcastle Airport in an incident in November 2012.
Ben Sandilands January 22, 2015 5 Comments
Amazing and inexplicable coincidences have come to light involving party political donations from REX, the owner of Pel-Air, in 2012, after a fierce internal disagreement had broken out in that year in the ATSB over the conduct of its investigation of the ditching of a Pel-Air jet in 2009.
Ben Sandilands November 17, 2014 28 Comments
The opening of Wellcamp airport, way ,way ,way to the west of Brisbane today, ought to strike fear into the heart of those who push grossly inflated prices for new transport infrastructure projects in Australia. Or alternatively, deep envy at a political and public level.
Ben Sandilands October 15, 2014 3 Comments
Qantas continues to fly regular links between towns in Queensland where its story began in 1920 as a result of the state government’s latest review and tender processes for its regulated air routes.
Ben Sandilands March 3, 2014 7 Comments
There is a non-airline industry aspect to REX announcing it will start flying between Sydney and Armidale three times daily from 28 March.
Ben Sandilands February 14, 2014 14 Comments
Will the Abbott Government find itself endorsing support for a Qantas which might, for example, announce multi billion dollar asset sales, like part of the frequent flyer program, or the Jetstar franchise?
Ben Sandilands February 11, 2014 5 Comments
There is something very rotten about the Pel-Air crash, the treatment of its victims, and the conduct of CASA and the ATSB in relation to their respective duties to the public and to air safety.
Ben Sandilands January 8, 2014 2 Comments
Anthony Albanese embraced the Qantas giveaway to Emirates, but now worries about foreign threats to Qantaslink? Very odd
Ben Sandilands December 20, 2013 6 Comments
Hot on the heels of REX announcing it will bid for the Moree flights that were licensed to Brindabella Airlines, which went bust last Sunday, Qantaslink is starting relief flights to the town, and jockying for more.
Ben Sandilands December 20, 2013
No sooner written than done. REX is going to bid for three of Brindabella Airlines revoked licensed routes between Sydney and Moree, Cobar and Mudgee.
Ben Sandilands September 1, 2013 15 Comments
Call it crazy, but REX ain't leaving Sydney Airport, and there is a solution to keeping promises to the bush and making the airport work more efficiently.
Ben Sandilands August 31, 2012 1 Comment
Want a strong share price and the missing magic ingredient, a dividend, in your Australian airline stocks? REX or Regional Express, is the answer. The statement reminds us that REX made more money ($35.1 million PBT) than Virgin Australia ($27.2 million PBT) flying incredibly small turbo-props around the country, to tiny towns where driving to […]
Ben Sandilands July 30, 2012 8 Comments
Regional Express chairman Lim Kim Hai runs a much admired and very successful airline, but has a public relations calamity on his hands after correspondence between himself and an unhappy customer was published in the Southern NSW newspaper, The Area News. These are the opening paragraphs of its main story on the dispute: LOCAL leaders […]
Ben Sandilands June 26, 2012 10 Comments
In another case of keeping a very serious aviation incident away from media attention the ATSB has buried its investigation of how a REX SAAB 340 taxied into the path of a smaller aircraft taking off from the Taree strip in NSW on 23 March into the obscurity of a compendium of short reports. The […]