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How RAAF controllers put a Virgin 737 and a Westwind on a head on course at Newcastle

How RAAF controllers put a Virgin 737 and a Westwind on a head on course at Newcastle

Ben SandilandsMar 7, 20123 Comments

Immediately prior to this the ATSB says that from the perspective of the Virgin Blue 737 the executive jet was at the 12 o'clock position (which is dead ahead) and travelling at 300

A Virgin with tatts is one of world's top earning jets

A Virgin with tatts is one of world's top earning jets

Ben SandilandsDec 7, 20115 Comments

Run as a well promoted economy class cabin using the low cost base of Pacific Blue changed everything. Samoa kept the continuity of having its own flag carrier, but began saving ten

The twin towers fall, Ansett collapses, Qantas gets kicked from 2001 to 2007 overnight

Ben SandilandsSep 11, 201116 Comments

This is the 4th and final extract from an Ansett dossier in a series of articles about the 10th anniversary of the collapse of the airline on 14 September 2001 Article 1

The Ansett diary: Pacific Star or Australian Star?

Ben SandilandsSep 10, 20115 Comments

This is the third in a series of articles marking the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Ansett Airlines on 14 September 2001 Article one is

Extracts from the Ansett files, before the towers fell

Ben SandilandsSep 9, 20118 Comments

In the days immediately before Ansett's first receivers padlocked the terminals on the morning of 14 September 2001, even before the last midnight horror from Perth to Sydney could unlo

The twin disasters of September 2001

Ben SandilandsSep 9, 20117 Comments

With no disrespect to the terrible events of 11 September 2001 there was another disaster in that month in Australia as financial collapse came to Ansett. It took a story of the magn

What difference did Tiger, and Jetstar, really make to cheaper air travel?

What difference did Tiger, and Jetstar, really make to cheaper air travel?

Ben SandilandsAug 10, 20118 Comments

Now that Tiger is back, just what difference did it and Jetstar make to cheap airfares on domestic routes up until now? One measure is the BITRE survey of domestic airfares, which se

Will the Minister connect the dots before AirServices Australia merges the blips into one big disaster

Will the Minister connect the dots before AirServices Australia merges the blips into one big disaster

Ben SandilandsJun 24, 20115 Comments

There is a need for the Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, to read two reports by the ATSB into serious near mid air collisions, one of them released a few hours ago, and connect the

Qantas goes west, goes 'fun'

Qantas goes west, goes 'fun'

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 20119 Comments

Is Qantas about to get done over dinners?

Ben SandilandsMay 23, 20117 Comments

Today’s ambush-by-trolley for unsuspecting Virgin Australia economy class travellers on higher fares, who were served free meals and drinks, is the latest move by former Qantas execut

A last blue day at Virgin

Ben SandilandsMay 3, 20112 Comments

It’s the last blue day today for the Virgin brand in domestic airlines as the myth making cranks up a notch or two for tomorrow’s launch of Virgin Australia. Richard Branson will

Behind the Virgin Blue 'gold' door, a fast track and an intriguing gamble

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 2011

The class war in domestic air travel spread to new territory this morning when Virgin Australia opened its exclusive Premium Entry and Premium Valet services at Sydney Airport, as the o

Delta and Virgin Australia file amended agreement to soothe US concerns over pending trans Pacific alliance

Ben SandilandsApr 16, 20112 Comments

Delta Airlines and Virgin Australia have specified a set of metrics for economic disasters that would permit them to break their capacity commitments in the newly revised trans Pacific

Pacific Blue pilot charged with endangering safety, but airline's safety culture not questioned!

Ben SandilandsApr 15, 201113 Comments

New Zealand authorities have charged a Pacific Blue pilot wi

The rise and fall of airline empires, brick by brick

Ben SandilandsApr 8, 20114 Comments

The approval announced this morning for a comprehensive code sharing arrangement between Air New Zealand and Etihad isn't big news, yet it adds to the growing framework of links between

Perth-Sydney nose jobs compared

Perth-Sydney nose jobs compared

Ben SandilandsApr 4, 20113 Comments

Following today's announcement

How more terminally budget does Melbourne Airport want to become?

Ben SandilandsMar 28, 201111 Comments

News that Melbourne's main airport is considering putting up a remote

The fuel crisis and tiny cramped seats

The fuel crisis and tiny cramped seats

Ben SandilandsMar 24, 20118 Comments

No-one who filled up their car yesterday would be surprised by this morning's third fuel levy increase in quick succession from Qantas. It's not just Qantas, and more announcements b

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