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When selling VC10s was a core business

Whatever price Middle East Airlines negotiated for those newly-ordered Airbus A320neos, it probably didn’t involve part-payment in fruit. Which wasn’t the case in 1966 when BAC was desperately trying to flog a batch of Super VC10s to MEA in a bid to attract sales from other overseas customers – even Czechoslovakia. “If…we lose the Middle […]

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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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Why 737RE could be bad news for A350-1000

The fact that Boeing has decided to go derivative rather than all-new for its competitive response to the Airbus A320neo will have been greeted with relief in Toulouse, but it could actually create headaches elsewhere in the airframer’s product line-up. Okay, so the threat of the A320neo being obseleted almost before its paint has dried […]

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PAS 11: A homage to Joe Sutter

Boeing pays tribute to 747 designer Joe Sutter at Paris air show

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Why is Leahy so keen for Boeing’s “me-too” neo?

Airbus’s chief salesman John Leahy at “full chat” is like poetry in motion. If anyone was put on this planet to sell aeroplanes, Leahy was, and there’s no hiding his excitement now he’s got his hands on his latest gizmo, the A320neo.  A bit like Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull F1 car, Leahy clearly […]

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