The Farnborough campaign begins

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 July, the Flightglobal team – gathered from our three regional offices in London, Washington and Singapore – decamps to a newsroom in Farnborough, where the fun begins! Well, fun might be the wrong word. Farnborough is gruelling stuff. But we hope what we produce is worth it. Here is what we will […]

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Is there an orders bubble?

With more airliners than ever being ordered, concerns are mounting that demand is reaching unsustainable levels and the industry is facing an orders bubble. A new Industry Insight paper from Flightglobal’s consultancy Ascend casts doubt on suggestions that the passenger aircraft market is over-ordered, however. Drawing on analysis from exclusive data, Ascend looks at key […]

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Straight & Level 8 July

No subtle Dutch with KLM tweet The perils of social media #927. KLM pressed the self-destruct button when one of its marketing minions tweeted following The Netherlands’ defeat of Mexico in the World Cup: “Adios Amigos” with a picture of an airport departures sign and graphic of a sombrero and moustache. The comment provoked outrage […]

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Week on the web 8 July

Farnborough, notes The DEW Line, is set for an Airbus-Boeing toe-to-toe – over their proposals for South Korea’s in-flight refuelling requirement. Seoul doesn’t have any tankers, but wants to support its F-15Ks, F-16Cs and future F-35s. Four tanker/transports are required, with a decision due by year-end. Airbus’s A330 MRTT is in use with Australia, Saudi […]

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Looking good so far

This first appeared as a Comment in the 8 July issue of Flight International It may only be six months of statistics, but airline ­safety in the first half of 2014 has again confounded any determined doom-mongers that might still have been lurking out there. The missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 casts a shadow over […]

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Risky business

This first appeared as a Comment in the 8 July issue of Flight International Boeing’s KC-46A is a commercial derivative which re-uses sections of proven airframes and other commercial systems, plus various military equipment with an advanced state of technical maturity. This seemingly low-risk formula persuaded US ­acquisition officials to eschew a “cost-plus” development contract, […]

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Farnborough special

Flight International’s 8-14 July issue is not only our biggest of the year, it is also your essential briefing ahead of the Farnborough air show, with more than 50 pages of features on civil and military programmes and other topics that will be in the spotlight next week. If you only buy one copy of the […]

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Straight & Level 1 July

Prestwick plea to turn to Burns Glasgow can claim a true aviation pioneer in the form of Arthur Whitten Brown, who navigated the first nonstop transatlantic flight in 1919. So it’s natural that Scottish folk should press for Glasgow’s Prestwick airport to be renamed after, er, a poet who wrote about haggis and dropped dead […]

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Week on the Web 1 July

The DEW Line blog reveals how a Royal Air Force detachment, flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, were dispatched from Siauliai air base in Lithuania to monitor a Russian air force training formation that were flying in international airspace near to the Baltic states. The four groups of aircraft consisted […]

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Persistent problems

This first appeared as a Comment in the 1 July issue of Flight International Complexity was built into the setup of NH Industries from day one. Its three-company structure, its six production facilities and its offset-driven supply chain were all likely to pose problems together. And that was before the helicopter’s 13 customers were somehow […]

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