Archive | October, 2009

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Narrow margins: Airbus and Boeing face pressure with the A320 and 737

Although pressure has been mounting on Airbus and Boeingto move forward with their plans for single-aisle replacement designs,the rivals have been more concerned with developing their currentprogrammes.Airbus continues to make incremental improvements to the A320 family, addressing weight reductions and operating weight increases amid ongoing studies of a winglet programme. Read more…Airbus is evaluating a […]

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Lockheed foresees long, rich futures for C-130J, F-16

Lockheed Martin has updated plans for rapidly escalating C-130J Hercules production output, while F-16 deliveries are set to contract for two years before possibly doubling again after 2012. Chief financial officer Bruce Tanner, discussing third-quarterearnings on 20 October, revealed that C-130J deliveries will grow from12 aircraft in 2008 to 16 this year and 26 next year. Read […]

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Dornier Seastar revived by buoyant seaplane market

Dornier Seaplaneannounced that it will launch production of its Seastar amphibianhaving exceeded the requisite order tally needed to give the 10-seataircraft a second lease of life. The Seastar – whose six-month demonstration tour of North Americaculminates here in Orlando – first flew in 1984. Three were built inGermany before production was halted in 1991 due […]

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Continental Joins Star Alliance

Earlier this week Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance, becoming the group’s 25th airline. Continental had an 18 month transition from its previous alliance with SkyTeam. The impetus for Continental’s move was the merger between Delta AirLines and Northwest Airlines that was unveiled in April 2008. Delta andContinental have considerable overlap in the New York market […]

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Flight International Cover 27 Oct-2 Nov: World Airliners Part One

In the first installment of Flight International‘s restyled annualsurvey of the world’s airliner programmes, we examine the mainline jetmarket by sector. Leading data for each type includes specifications,prices, performance and order/delivery information at 30 September Single-aisles: Airbus and Boeing face pressure with the A320 and 737 In-production widebodies: Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 remain popular Next generation […]

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Image of the Week: Red Arrows Break Formation

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user Sunshine Band.The image is of three BAE System Hawks flown by the RAF’s Red Arrows display team.Start a gallery on AirSpace for your chance at having your photograph featured as our Image of the Week.

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VVIP completion houses in buoyant mood

One sector of the recession-hit business aviation industry isbucking the trend by declaring 2009 to be shaping up as one of the bestever. Demand for head-of-state “VVIP” widebody airliners continues to growunabated, and suppliers to the top end of the completions market werein buoyant mood at the show. The head-of-state market is almostcompletely insulated from […]

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Lisa plans to expand seaplane family

French start-up manufacturer Lisa Airplanesis planning to build a family of turbine-powered seaplanes based on itstwo-seat Akoya ultralight, as demand for a larger stablemate continuesto grow from its international customer base. The new models will include a four-seat and six-seat version, saysthe privately owned start-up, which has secured around 50 orders todate for the Rotax […]

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Embraer Legacy 650 Payload and Range Chart

Embraerhas revealed that it has successfully flown the first Legacy 650large-cabin business jet, an upgraded version of its super-midsizeLegacy 600. The launch brings to seven the total number of executivejets in the Brazilian airframer’s portfolio. Read more…Watch the video of its first flight here.

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Lithuanian air force Antonov 2

Earlier this week we showed you the Lithuanian air force’s third and last Alenia Aeronautica C-27J Spartan, which they were scrambling to ready its third and last  for service supporting the country’stroops in Afghanistan.While at the Siauliai air base in Lithuania for the occasion, Flightglobal’s news editor Dan Thisdell captured this photo of a Lithuanian […]

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