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Japan should forget about the Raptor

Waiting for nothing

Japan has finally confirmed what everyone figured would happen anyway – it has delayed its F-X competition in order to continue lobbying the USA for information on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It is silly, though. The Japan Air Self Defense Force’s capability will keep dropping, and there is no guarantee that Washington would allow […]

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I get by with a little help from my friends…

The pieces are finally falling in place for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Its manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft has been lining up the design and manufacturing know-how over the last year, but what it sorely lacked was the marketing and after-sales expertise in the passenger jet business.That should now come with Boeing’s involvement in the programme as […]

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Crowded House

Why in the world does India want to manufacture regional jets, when it already has so much on its plate?An Indian Regional Jet will join a crowded field in which newcomers from Japan, China and Russia will also be competing with the incumbents, Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier, for market share. Analysts say that one […]

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Business Aviation could get a helping hand in Japan

The mere mention of Japan to those involved in business aviation results in a sigh, a roll of the eyes and a shrug of the shoulder. The world’s second largest economy is a beacon of innovation that produces marquee brands like Sony and Toyota. Yet its restrictive policies have resulted in it having only 60-odd […]

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Announcing the arrival of Asian Skies

Welcome to Asian Skies! This is the Flight Asia Pacific team’s way of sharing our opinion about the aerospace industry with those who are keen on the region as well.Asian airlines account for a large number of new aircraft orders, defence contractors have a big presence here as armed forces modernise their fleets, and the […]

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