Straight & Level 22 July

Before the disappointing news broke that the F-35 would not be able to visit the UK as planned, an existential moment from Lockheed Martin’s general manager for the programme, Lorraine Martin: “It is here today… it’s just not physically here today,” she said during a briefing at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Conner gets in […]

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Airbus’s easy decision

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International As recently as last month’s media briefing in Toulouse, smokescreens were being laid. Airbus was pondering re-engining the A330, but in “no hurry” to decide. So the confirmation of the A330neo as almost the first announcement of this year’s Farnborough got […]

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Lightning fails to strike

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International Very seldom is an aircraft more conspicuous by its absence than the Lockheed Martin F-35, and the embarrassing saga that accompanied its attempted journey to the UK and the Farnborough air show. For Lockheed, in this instance the advertising proverb that […]

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Flight International’s Farnborough report

Flight International’s 22 July issue has a comprehensive report on last week’s Farnborough air show, with all the big stories outlined and analysed in full. It kicks off with one of our most stunning covers ever: Rich Cooper captured the Airbus A350 commencing its air display just as its A380 stablemate was landing behind it […]

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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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