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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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NASA pumps up killer space rocks in orbital dance with Earth

NASA has doubled its estimate of the number of killer space rocks following orbits closely aligned with Earth’s in a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

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Sky darkens for Qantas tormentors as profits in free fall

The sky has gone deep black with threatening storm clouds as Emirates and Singapore Airlines report imploding profits, and Cathay Pacific cuts its growth forecasts in half.

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Second Sydney airport: BOF caught flat-footed, Albo done by wrinkles

The latest episode in the second Sydney Airport saga — the one that flared on Good Friday and has been blazing away ever since — has taken a turn for the worse for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s credibility.

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Don’t want a second airport? Time to cut Sydney loose

Here’s a radical thought about keeping the budget in surplus and ending the perennial lacerations of the second Sydney Airport debate: cut Sydney loose. Tell the entitled, chronically poorly managed city that it’s on its own. The rest of Australia doesn’t need it. Not just in terms of its airport, but its badly managed ports […]

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Sydney’s second airport has all sides of politics in trouble

If you were a stranger in Sydney this morning in a taxi that had just endured the congestion at its small, dysfunctional airport, you’d be blasted by talkback radio in full frenzy over its second Sydney airport saga.

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Defiant Jetstar to fight dodgy pilot contract claims

A combination of bravado and tacit admission of wrongdoing is contained in a defiant statement by Jetstar saying it will fight the charges laid by the FWA Ombudsman.

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Sydney Airport II: O’Farrell doesn’t understand business travel

One of the spectacles mesmerising Australia’s airlines and media watchers alike is how what some see as the “attack-dog-right-wing tabloid” Daily Telegraph has turned on NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell over his inability to deliver transport solutions including a second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Today’s installment of this campaign by the newspaper is in fact rational […]

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Singapore Airlines’ Scoot is cute, except in China that is …

Scoot is also a difficult term to translate into Chinese and other Asian languages, as in ‘flee’ as in a robber ‘fleeing’ the scene of a crime. This is like Qantas insisting on calling itself the ‘Spirit of Australia’ in Japan, which translates as the ‘ghost of Australia’.

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Qantas sticking to what it knows with new Asia hook-up

No one with business contacts in Hong Kong or China would be in any doubt that this is potentially a huge opportunity for Qantas.

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Qantas arcs up at Virgin’s restructure plan

Qantas has lodged an objection against Virgin Australia’s plan to restructure its operations to take on board new stakeholders.

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Red Q is dead Q, but we’ve know that for a while

Qantas has finally told the ASX what everyone with a finger on the pulse has known for some time, that its proposed premium airline based in Malaysia is dead.

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Tiger uncaged … now for the airfare wars

Expect fierce fare wars to break out in the domestic market following this morning’s reinvention of Singapore-owned and listed Tiger Airways as a low-fare carrier focused on Melbourne and Sydney.

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Virgin’s astonishing results heap pressure on Qantas

Virgin Australia today did its bit to make news by adding to leadership tensions at Qantas.

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A nosedive, not a missed approach: why Air Australia was bound to fail

It is not surprising 4000 of Air Australia’s customers are now being told to make their own way home after it went broke in the early hours of this morning.

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