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(Bad) PICTURES: joint Russia/India medium transport aircraft

Yesterday India’s HAL, Russia’s United Aircraft, and thetwo firms’ joint venture signed an agreement to get started on the MediumTransport Aircraft programme.I found a few images of what this aircraft is supposed tolook like. From a public relations perspective, it would be greatif these guys could align their images, and then furnish us journos withnice, […]

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China’s aircraft carrier: the Death Star of the Spratlys

China‘s newaircraft carrier is again in the news, with sea trials apparently due nextweek, perhaps to coincide with the 90th anniversary of China‘scommunist party.  There are any number ofskeptics about the ship. A recent post by the Lexington Institute suggests thecarrier is an immense mistake. A “highly vulnerable extravagance” is how theauthor puts it.  In […]

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Bad miscalculation by India’s private carriers

India’s privately owned carriers miscalculated when they threatened to go on strike on 18 August.After announcing bravely on Friday that they would stop operations in protest against the lack of aid from the government, several of their members got cold feet and started to break ranks over the weekend. The civil aviation ministry also took […]

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Air India needs to move fast on key appointment

What gives at Air India? The Indian state-owned carrier has eased out Raghu Menon (above) as chairman and managing director after only a year in-charge due to differences between him and civil aviation minister Praful Patel.The Indian media have been speculating about the reasons, but one thing is for sure – the civil servants who […]

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