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The Qantas debt trap: Joyce’s mayday calls on finances are premature

Analysts who study Qantas’ books aren’t worried about the airline’s debt — so is Alan Joyce crying wolf? Crikey’s business editor on the spin, the backpedalling … and the financial reality.

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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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Tips and rumours

We’ve always been at war with Gonski. Is Gmail censoring “sensitive” ADF data? Plus other tips and rumours …

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The Joyce who cried wolf: Qantas’ mayday call examined

Qantas lurches from one apparent crisis to another. But investors aren’t particularly concerned. Is Alan Joyce just the CEO who keeps crying wolf? Our business editor examines the case.

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Tips and rumours

Aviation agency in crash landing? … the officer flouting the law … Rupert swimming with the fishers …

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Asia to Adelaide: Tourism Task Force trumpet big win for SA

Adelaide could be the first port of call for Malaysian and Indian tourists looking for cheap flights to Australia. Ben Sandilands on the rush to lock in airports for low fare carriers.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Why Australia should care about London’s airport woes

London’s airport problems might seem irrelevant to Australia. But we need to care, writes Ben Sandilands, because London is an example of what happens when lack of efficient air access starts to kill a city’s economy.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

A first close-up look at the soon to fly A350 prototype

On a hot clear southern French spring day, Ben Sandilands takes a look at the A350 XWB MSN1, the first to fly of a small fleet of test and certification A350-900s soon to be released by Airbus.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Jet envy: how will Qantas and Virgin Australia keep up?

Their competitors are spending big on flashy new jets, writes Ben Sandilands. Will Qantas and Virgin Australia go into more debt to keep up?

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

When summits were higher than airliners: Everest 60 years on

Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Everest 60 years ago. That moment in time was not entirely dissimilar to Neil Armstrong’s first giant step for mankind, writes Ben Sandilands

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Boeing sackings: much needed talent sent through departure gate

A recent spate of sackings at Boeing tell a familiar story about tunnel vision management and much needed talent that may never return, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

The Qantas licensed engineers associated gave Qantas management a big tick for cost and labour efficiency when it argued in an ACCC submission against the Qantas-Emirates partnership, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Dreamliner return to skies has to fly around safety hearing dates

The US safety investigator the NTSB has now set two special 787 related hearings for this month around which the FAA, the air safety regulator will have to fly as it decides when to allow the grounded Dreamliners to return to the skies, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

Capturing the lights of planes

Bob Gosford likes planes and likes light. And he really likes the light that planes make at night, which he has chronicled in photos over the last year. Just don’t ask him how he did it …

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Qantas new route plans: reading between the lines

While Alan Joyce didn’t actually say much firm about route developments at the launch of the Qantas-Emirates partnership, he certainly said enough, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Lion Air bulk buy exposes weak Australian airline laws

A huge order of Airbus’ from Lion Air, placed 18 months after a similarly large Boeing order, exposes a weakness in foreign ownership rules for Australian domestic airlines, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | ECONOMY|

Air traffic controller endangered two flights: incident report

An overworked and under-trained air traffic controller endangered two flights in July 2011, according to a new report, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Vale James Strong, captain of change in Australian aviation

No-one in the 1980s in Australia saw the future direction of aviation with more clarity and purpose than James Strong, who has died at 68, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

On Tiger, Virgin and the burning questions about future of low fare air travel

There is much uncertainty about where low fare airlines are headed in Australia even though it is closing in on nine years since Jetstar started services as the first such carrier, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Photo of charred Boeing batteries a PR disaster

Japan’s aviation safety authority has released a photograph of charred Boeing 787 batteries. It illustrates Boeing’s overt and defence strategy, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

China Southern attempts to corner surging China-Australia aviation market

What China Southern offers Australian travellers to Europe is insignificant beside the main game, which is to corner as much of the surging China-Australia market as it can, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Japan aerospace official admits easing of safety requirements

A Japan aerospace official’s admission that the government eased safety regulation to ‘assist’ progress of 787 certification carries dire implications, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Grounded: Japan shuts down 787 flights after midair emergency

Following an in-flight emergency yesterday morning, Japan’s airlines have grounded their fleets of 787 Dreamliners. Crikey’s aviation blog Plane Talking has the latest.

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Remembering the forgotten genius of black box inventor David Warren

A ten-year-old’s campaign to have Canberra airport named after the late David Warren, inventor of the black box, has moved up a notch, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Joe Hockey enters no-policy hole, pledges to build second Sydney airport

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has stepped into Tony Abbott’s no-policy hole and announced the Coalition will build a second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, writes Ben Sandilands.

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