VIDEO: MiG-29KUB touch and goes – but not on Vikradmaditya, sadly

One of the more glamourous aspects of covering defenceaerospace for Flightglobal is chasing public relations guys at the region’sdefence ministries. Earlier this week I was chasing India’s ministry of defencefor confirmation of reports that a MiG-29KUB had conducted the first touch andgoes from the deck of the INS Vikramaditya, which is undergoing sea trials in […]

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Book Review: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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As if I was not getting enough of anaviation fix at Farnborough last week, I decided to read the Kindle version of’Boeing 787 Dreamliner’ by journalist Guy Norris and photographer Mark Wagnerto help me decompress after the show at night. Norris, I am told, formerly worked forFlight – he lists a number of past and […]

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A cursory glance at Asia’s presence at Farnborough this year

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With just over 12 hours before the Farnborough air showkicks off in earnest – the Flightglobal team has already been working hard toproduce tomorrow’s show daily – I thought it would be good to outline the Asianpresence at the show this year. The most visible Asian presence is the Malaysia AirlinesA380, which dominates the static […]

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PICTURE: Thai Smile takes delivery of its first aircraft

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Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways International, has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320.The aircraft, named Ubon Ratchathani, was delivered to the carrier on 28 June in Hamburg. © Airbus Thai Smile will initially start operations with services from Bangkok to Macau, before operating on domestic routes to Krabi, Chiang Mai, […]

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Chinese J-21 Emerges! (well, something emerges – sort of)

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The China Defense Blog and other Chinese defence sites haverevealed photos of a mysterious airframe travelling aboard the back of a truck,apparently from the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation to Xian Aircraft Company. This is no J-20 moment: there has yet to be a magicalappearance on a runway, followed by obsessive tweeting and blogging about afirst flight. […]

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PICTURES: Thai air force museum, home of some seriously exotic aircraft

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Bangkok: city of great food, smiling people, awesome massages, and much more. During a recent weekend there my friend suggested we take his five year old son to the Royal Thai Air Force museum out near Don Muang airport. “My son especially likes this big transport plane with a ramp at the back,” said he. […]

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A quick tour of Ameco Beijing’s facility

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I spent a few days in Beijing last week for IATA’s annual general meeting. Together with colleagues from the Singapore and UK office, we produced three Airline Business dailies with coverage of the AGM as well as exclusive interviews with various airline chiefs. If you haven’t seen any of our Airline Business Daily, you should. […]

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PHOTOS: RNZAF UH-1H’s loaded onto RAAF C-17

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The New Zealand Defence Force has released photos of RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iroqouis helicopters being loaded onto a RAAF Boeing C-17 for transport to Papua New Guinea to help out in election monitoring. Though I’ve seen the C-17 at air shows and had a chance to walk around inside, I’m still blown away by how […]

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Must Read: China Airborne by James Fallows

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Depending on who you talk to, China is either the graveyardor the future for major airframers like Boeing and Airbus. It will also,supposedly, be the world’s greatest market for both general and businessaviation, with millions of Chinese taking to the skies for pleasure andbusiness. In China Airborne, journalist and avowed aviation enthusiastJames Fallows tries to […]

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Goin’ Scootin’ with Barry

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) long-haul low-cost carrier, Scoot, has named two of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft after a Facebook campaign conducted by the airline. The first aircraft, registered 9V-OTA, was christened “Barry” and its second aircraft, registered 9V-OTC, was named “Goin’ Scootin’”.  You can also see pictures of Scoot’s aircraft painted in its full livery. “Barry” – […]

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