Flight International’s 2013 forecasts

In the first issue of every year, Flight International has run a forecasts feature, where our journalists and editors look at what is likely to happen in their particular sector or beat in the next 12 months. This time, in our 8 January issue, we’ve taken a slightly different tack, with our writers posing and answering 17 key questions. These are:

  • Will the A350 fly this year?
  • Who will launch an all-new 90-seat turboprop?
  • Can we expect China to flex its military aviation muscles at the Paris air show?
  • What will happen to the price of oil?
  • Will this be the year somebody finally launches a supersonic business jet?
  • Will the A380 and 747-8 acquire any new customers in 2013?
  • Have we seen the end of the Hawker business jet brand?
  • Can we expect a big strategic M&A move from EADS?
  • What kind of accidents can we expect in 2013?
  • With major economies wobbly, will cancellations take a bit out of Airbus and Boeing backlogs?
  • Will Virgin Galactic carry passengers to space in 2013?
  • Is Boeing going to launch the greatly anticipated 777X?
  • Will London Heathrow get the nod for a third runway?
  • Will Congress axe the F-35?
  • Are zero accidents within our grasp?
  • Will US airlines unleash a wave of regional jet orders?
  • Will Airbus Military make deliveries of and receive orders for A400M?

If you are not already a regular Flight International reader, you can find out the answers to these, along with a feature on where Europe goes now with its emissions trading scheme, and David Kaminski-Morrow’s extensive piece on the investigation into the Superjet demonstrator crash in Indonesia, by downloading the tablet edition of the magazine via the Flight International app on your iPad.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to the world’s best aerospace weekly – in print, digital or tablet formats, or a combination of these – on www.flightsubs.com/1637

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