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An aviation guru’s 2014 predictions

A new runway in Antarctica, and a go-ahead for a second Sydney airport. Qantas will sort itself out, but air travel will get more costly and unpleasant this year. Ben Sandilands gets out the crystal ball …

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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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Sabre shutdown hits Virgin Australia where it hurts

Virgin Australia’s Sabre booking system was only down for two hours yesterday, but it ground the entire network to a halt. Ben Sandilands explains why the system should be junked.

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Ugly but functional: a simple solution for an Avalon airport rail link

It’s not flashy or revolutionary, but a light rail link is the best way to connect the Avalon Airport to Melbourne, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Air Austral looks set to abandon plans for large-capacity planes flying between France and Noumea. The airline’s idea was ahead of its time, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Smart clothes and bone phones: Airbus looks at high-tech staff uniforms

A French industrial clothing company is working on wi-fi and bluetooth-enabled uniforms for Airbus staff. Ben Sandilands asks if these hyper-connected outfits could find new uses among civilians.

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Virgin’s move on Tiger raises tough competition questions

The ACCC has raised concerns about Virgin’s possible move to buy up Tiger. Ben Sandilands looks at who is competing against whom in Australian aviation.

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Plane wrong: the myth of Sydney’s $11 billion new airport

Barry O’Farrell is massaging the truth when he claims a new airport at Badgerys Creek could cost the state up to $11 billion. Blogger Ben Sandilands explains why it’s not such a bad option — and takes aim at NSW’s grand infrastructure muddle.

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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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Video of the Day: ever wanted to be a pilot?

Well, it’s Friday at last, and all of us probably deserve to sit back and relax for a few minutes. Check out this strangely calming timelapse from the flight deck. And who knows — if you’re afraid of flying, this might help you get through your next flight without Valium or clutching a stranger’s arm. Flightdeck timelapse […]

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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 pleads for govt protection from the Joyce discount

Qantas’ latest demand for protection is an old trick from an airline bereft of ideas.

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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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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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The Qantas quagmire podcast

Crikey’s political podcast with Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane joining Crikey editor Sophie Black to analyse the political and economic fallout stemming from Qantas’s historic decision to ground their national and international fleet.

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The remorseless logic and profound disdain of Alan Joyce

Qantas is prepared to threaten the Australian economy and thus has the government over a barrel. But it’s confirming Australians’ growing resentment of corporations.

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The Australian Literary Review

Crikey readers have their say.

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Virgin at a loss, but it’s more Australian than Qantas

While this morning’s reported net loss after tax of $67.8 million by Virgin Australia in the year to June 30 was within its guidance after the Queensland floods and cyclone, it comes a day after Qantas reported a doubling of group profits.

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Jetconnect incident raises question of where Qantas calls home

Will the Qantas anthem continue to be “I still call Australia home” when the public increasingly realise that the plot is to call Auckland or Singapore home?

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Pilot training, air safety inquiry to recall industry heavyweights

fter the shocks that emerged in a Senate committee hearing last Friday concerning pilot training and airline safety in Australia, the inquiry has been extended to May 4.

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Coming to an airport near you…

Memo Canberra and regional sky warriors: the Virgin Blue buzz box, or turbo-prop, is on its way to an airport near you.

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ACCC does u-turn on airline competition

It’s been a big morning in airline competition in Australia with the ACCC backtracked on its earlier opposition to Virgin Blue enjoying the same sort of price-fixing deals that Qantas enjoys.

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How close did Qantas and Virgin Blue get in their near miss?

The WebTrak site shows the vertical separation of the Virgin Blue 737 and a Qantas 767 during Sunday afternoon’s near miss while climbing away from Melbourne Airport as being as little as 28 metres, reports Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey aviation reporter Ben Sandilands reflects on a half century in journalism

When Ben Sandilands became a reporter in 1960, great ocean liners still sailed regularly to Europe and North America. Half a century later Sandliands is still filing copy, and is one of Australia’s leading aviation journalists. These are his reflections.

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Catch 22 for Jetstar over sacked pilot’s safety concerns

Jetstar has been struggling all morning to reconcile its claims that pilots are encouraged to raise safety issues after sacking a first officer, Joe Eakins, who did just that, in an opinion piece published by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in October.

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