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Goodbye to an old Singapore Girl

At the Singapore air show this weekend the country’s flag carrier is giving one of aviation’s iconic airliners a worthy send-off. For SIA will retire the Boeing 747 from its passenger fleet on 6 April after almost four decades of faithful service. Although the Jumbo will continue to haul freight for SIA’s cargo arm for […]

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Just how did we create the AB Finance iMag?

Airline Business has once again tackled the intriguing world of aviation finance and leasing in digital format, with its first interactive special report of 2012. And after the success of last year’s edition, we have again teamed up with renowned aviation financier DVB Bank. The DVB link, along with our recent tie-up with aviation consultancy […]

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Why the CSeries faces a crunch year

Few would dispute that the Bombardier CSeries has all the potential to re-benchmark short-haul flying. But, arguably, a decade ago so did the Fairchild Dornier 728. And we all know what happened to that That, of course, is not the only similarity between these two short-haul twinjets. Both were launched by Lufthansa. Fifteen years ago, […]

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Celebrating the Ground Gripper’s big five-oh

Half a century ago today at a small airfield north of London, de Havilland launched its best and final attempt to recover the lead it lost a decade earlier with the disastrous crashes of its pioneering Comet jet airliners. At 12:14 on 9 January 1962 DH chief test pilot John Cunningham flew the first DH121 […]

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Vanguard 50th: Brooklands’ superb “Mudguard”

The Brooklands Museum in Weybridge marked the 50th anniversary of its Vickers Vanguard on 3 December, with a reunion of the first and last Captains to fly the big turboprop. Capt Jack Randell (pictured, above left) was in the BEA crew that delivered G-APEP “Superb“ on the short hop from Vickers’ Wisley airfield to the airline’s […]

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BA goes down memory lane with new cargo weight-lifter

British Airways World Cargo has just taken delivery – through cargo wet-lease specialist Atlas Air – of its first Boeing 747-8F freighter. Based at London Stansted, the 747-8F is due to enter service on Tuesday (8 November). Unlike the 747-400Fs Atlas has previously operated on wet-lease for BA, this aircraft is in the airline’s full “Union […]

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The Qantas A380 drama – QF32 a year on

This time last year Europe awoke to images of a rather second-hand looking Qantas Airbus A380 on the runway at Singapore’s Changi airport. The big jet, operating Flight QF32 from London to Sidney via Singapore on 4 November 2010 with 469 souls on board, had made an emergency landing back at Changi after suffering a […]

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Heathrow’s runaway runway saga

Latest twist in the saga around a third runway for Heathrow – UK opposition party, Labour, has dropped its backing for an extra runway. Shadow transport secretary said the party has taken the third runway off its agenda because of the “local environment impact”. The move sends a worrying signal to those people who had […]

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BA and EasyJet: brands apart…

I’ve witnessed an interesting juxtaposition today between the UK’s two leading airlines. One is working hard to shake off its old image as it moves up market while the other is proudly showing off its heritage with a revival of brandings from bygone eras. This morning I was at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress […]

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The only (other) way to travel?

I spent my two-week August break cruising across the Med at an altitude of around 100ft (amsl) at a speed of 21.5kt on board Cunard’s latest piece of hardware – the Queen Elizabeth. “Getting there is half the fun” was Cunard’s slogan back in the 1960s, as the dawn of the jet age threatened to […]

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