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Articles by Ben Sandilands

A new airport for a demanding growth corridor few even imagined

The battle will turn to infrastructure between New South Wales and the feds now there’s agreement on the location of Sydney’s second airport. An explosive population demands it.

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Crikey Clarifier: we might have found MH370 — now what?

Kilometres above the likely wreckage, Australian seamen prepare to follow the sonar and find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Crikey’s aviation expert explains what happens now.

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Hopes sink: vital clues about flight MH370 could be lost forever

Even if the voice recorder and “black box” are found, they would only provide sketchy details about what happened to the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight.

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What the MH370 search will — and won’t — find

The search party for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight is now fuelled by satellite imagery rather than speculation.

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The search for flight MH370: what role Australia will now take

Crikey’s aviation expert looks at the key developments on day 12 of the events that began as a routine red eye Malaysia Airlines flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing …

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Crikey Clarifier: what we know — and why only now — about MH370

The disappearance of flight MH370 has gripped the planet like few stories before. With so many twists and turns — and misinformation from authorities — we asked our aviation expert the pertinent questions …

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The next place to start looking for flight MH370: the beaches of WA

Debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could find its way to Australian beaches. As authorities explore possible terrorism motivations of the pilots, the search map is narrowing in the Indian Ocean.

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Did the Chinese find flight MH370? In Malaysia, there are no straight answers

Western media has found traces of the missing flight — so why are the authorities keeping quiet?

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Four days on, a recovery operation for MH370 remains stalled

There can be no recovery operation for doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 — or questions answered on what happened to it — until any wreckage is found. Crikey’s aviation correspondent reports.

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Virgin’s blues no match for the deterioration of Qantas

Virgin released its own set of bad numbers today — but the spotlight continues to shine on a Qantas in crisis.

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Flying monkeys: Qantas wish list won’t save Joyce’s management

Alan Joyce has said the Qantas Sale Act is preventing the national carrier from further capital raising. This is nonsense.

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Qantas junked? It’s too late to save the flying kangaroo

Australia’s airline has been junked by two credit ratings agency. So what can Alan Joyce and the Qantas board do about it? It’s probably too late to save the flying kangaroo now.

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Qantas’ playing field isn’t level — it has poor managers running it

Qantas should have a much stronger balance sheet than it has, writes Crikey’s aviation expert writes. So why is the airline in crisis? Most of the cuts are self-inflicted.

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Fare game: Qantas bumps up fuel surcharge

Qantas blames the falling Australian dollar for bumping up fuel surcharges on its flights. But there’s a complex game of cat and mouse at play with the airlines chasing scarce tourist dollars.

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Asiana 777 crash shines light on Australian safety authorities

As investigators pick over the wreckage of the deadly Asiana 777 plane crash in San Francisco, Australian safety authorities have a lot to learn. Especially about themselves.

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First hint of trouble as Qantas and Emirates cosy up

It is both wrong and unfair to use the first full month of traffic statistics in April for the Qantas-Emirates business partnership to say that it is failing. But it is both correct and fair to say that if the figures for May are comparably bad, then there may be a problem. Repeat may. The Qantas-Emirates partnership came […]

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Sydney Airport capacity crunch needs more than a bumper sticker

Labor is backing the wrong plan and the Liberals are hopelessly split: the debate over a second Sydney Airport inspires much debate but little in the way of real-world solutions to a looming capacity crunch.

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‘We’re the reason you fly Emirates’: Qantas gets its partner

The ACCC has all-but approved the Qantas-Emirates partnership — cementing Qantas’ future as a cipher rather than an airline in its own right. What will be the impact on consumers and the tourism industry?

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Battle of the Qantas chiefs: tourism is just a sideshow

The public slanging match between Qantas chief Alan Joyce and ex-CEO Geoff Dixon is about the future direction of Qantas as the national carrier, not the tourism market.

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Virgin grabs a Tiger’s tail to bite Qantas

Virgin Australia will swallow low-cost operator Tiger, the company has announced, in a deal that takes the fight up to Qantas like never before.

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What does $8b worth of jets buy you? Worry for Qantas

Singapore Airlines laid down some $8 billion in new Airbus jet purchases overnight, giving Qantas headaches as it attempts to seal its deal with Emirates.

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The kangaroo diverts to Dubai as Qantas, Emirates get cosy

Qantas has signed a 10-year “beyond just a code share” deal with Emirates. So what does it mean for travellers? More time in Dubai and a better deal for frequent flyers.

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Pel-Air and CASA damned by safety audit documents

What do we take away from <emthe performances of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are so bad that they constitute a threat to public safety in Australia.

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Virgin profit shows airlines are flying different routes

Virgin Australia’s return to full-year profits disappointed the market in early trading. But it also underlines the markedly different flight paths now being flown by Australia’s two major airline groups.

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Forget the jets, Qantas bets on domestic market

It seems to be taking a while for the penny to drop, but the newly created separate Qantas international division no longer has any new jets on order.

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