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ATSB takes three years to investigate pushback bingle

ATSB takes three years to investigate pushback bingle

Ben SandilandsAug 18, 20164 Comments

Australia's safety investigator exhaustively concludes that airlines need to keep a sharp lookout while reversing their jets. Really? Yes.

Virgin Australia CEO says he'd buy the whole company if he had the money

Virgin Australia CEO says he'd buy the whole company if he had the money

Ben SandilandsAug 5, 20165 Comments

Australia's second largest airline group sees all its components gaining altitude this financial year

Virgin Australia lost $224.7 million in full year to June 30

Virgin Australia lost $224.7 million in full year to June 30

Ben SandilandsJul 28, 20163 Comments

Virgin Australia has posted a set of numbers that reinforce the view that the best investment in air travel is an airport car parking franchise

Etihad claims top equity stake in Virgin Australia

Etihad claims top equity stake in Virgin Australia

Ben SandilandsJul 27, 2016

Etihad is staying the course at Virgin Australia as speculation continues about a future contest for control of Australia's second largest airline

Virgin Australia to be with wi-fi mid 2017 from unknown partner

Ben SandilandsJul 21, 20164 Comments

Virgin Australia declines to reveal the father of its forthcoming wi-fi transformation, but hopes rise for something faster than the Qantas NBN hook-up for its domestic A330s and 737s

Airbus and Boeing predict the same future but in different sized jets

Airbus and Boeing predict the same future but in different sized jets

Ben SandilandsJul 12, 20161 Comment

Farnborough Airshow awash with more water than orders as rivals Airbus and Boeing predict the size and scope of air travel

Tigerair Australia to replace all of its A320s with 737s

Tigerair Australia to replace all of its A320s with 737s

Ben SandilandsJul 6, 201613 Comments

Virgin Australia and its Tigerair franchise are continuing moves to turn into a simplified group flying only one type of wide body and single aisle jets across their combined networks

Brexit can hurt air travel, but that may be the least of our worries

Brexit can hurt air travel, but that may be the least of our worries

Ben SandilandsJun 24, 201615 Comments

Brexit today, an independent Scotland 'tomorrow', and a Trump presidency to come. Airlines have much to fear, but will anyone care amid the threatened turmoil?

Virgin Australia gives some pointers to its future

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 20168 Comments

ME giant Etihad appears to be a happy prisoner of the Virgin Australia restructuring deal and it's likely Tigerair will boost VA's international expansion in competition with Jetstar

Virgin Australia restructures with $1 billion in new funds

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 2016

With a pile of new money and fleet cutbacks, and two new China stakeholders, Virgin Australia is about to become something different to what it is now

Second China group bids for Virgin Australia stake

Second China group bids for Virgin Australia stake

Ben SandilandsJun 10, 20166 Comments

A major China play for Virgin Australia seems to be on, but will Singapore Airlines try to take out its PRC rivals?

Virgin Australia wants daily China flights ASAP

Virgin Australia wants daily China flights ASAP

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 20163 Comments

Virgin Australia has started something on the China-Australia air routes that its rivals as well as its captive airline stakeholders may well seek to confine

Virgin Australia does deal with China's HNA for 13% equity and codeshares

Virgin Australia does deal with China's HNA for 13% equity and codeshares

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 2016

Virgin Australia and Australia's tourism industry stand likely to be transformed by the China deal announced this morning

Virgin Australia has space for all in 777 remake

Virgin Australia has space for all in 777 remake

Ben SandilandsMay 16, 20164 Comments

Virgin Australia has kept the classic spaciousness of 777 economy class seats in its officially launched remake of its small fleet of the big Boeings

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 20168 Comments

Undetected damage, in this case to a Virgin flight landing on a stormy night in Samoa, is a challenge airlines haven't yet overcome

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 20167 Comments

With a profit result similar to a well run small suburban business, is it not time for Virgin Australia to radically change course?

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20165 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

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 201631 Comments

Why has the ATSB hushed up a disturbing failure of safety oversight involving a Virgin Australia turbo-prop?

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