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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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Qantas distracts before the big questions on Thursday

Qantas is preceding Thursday’s announcement of a much-flagged “real money” statutory loss for the financial year with textbook media manipulation diversionary stories.

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Life on Mars: Curiosity takes a look at fourth rock from the sun

At 3.31pm eastern time today on our blue planet, NASA scientists will know whether the most capably equipped rover yet to be sent to the red planet has landed safely.

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Time for Joyce to deliver on Qantas-Emirates deal

Qantas reclaimed the some of the headlines today with TV and radio bulletins saying that it was close to forging an agreement with Emirates Airways. But Alan Joyce has to deliver it.

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Qantas anger over evil Etihadians has a downside

The downside for Qantas in its war of words with Etihad is that it might cause the media to ask harder questions about the performance of the group under chairman Leigh Clifford and CEO Alan Joyce.

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Once climbed, you never draw a Blanc and forget

The Mont Blanc massif is a vast glacier-draped beast that no one who has climbed on it will ever forget.

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Shocking Air France report overlooks dumbed-down pilot training

The final report of the French safety investigation of the Air France AF447 disaster directly relevant to how pilots are trained to fly the latest Airbuses and Boeings.

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Virgin and ‘Emiratichokers’ advance on Qantas

Virgin and ‘Emiratichokers’ are advancing on Qantas’ patch — sparking a price war.

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If Qantas goes broke, it’ll be Joyce’s cross to bear

For Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to be running around Capital Hill saying ‘we could go broke’ to politicians is as clear a sign as any of the parlous state of management in Australia’s once iconic carrier.

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Qantas at acute risk of sharemarket raid

The last time calls for direct government invention to save an airline were voiced in Australia was after the collapse of Ansett on September 14, 2001.

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The $450m downgrade that sent Qantas shares diving

Qantas shares went into a power dive to a record low of $1.20 in early trading this morning after it slashed its profit guidance as much as 90%.

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Qantas’ future up in the air after the great divide

There are some difficult questions left unanswered about the future of Qantas as an international Australian flag carrier.

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