The Dreamliner is the cover star of the 30 April issue of Flight International to mark its return to commercial flight after its long grounding following battery fires. In a two-page cover story we look at how Boeing plans to implement its technical solution to the battery problem and hopes the fix will restore its tarnished image. We list where the grounded 787s are situated, in 17 airports around the globe. And our Comment looks at the questions that remain over lithium-ion batteries, noting that there is “an inescapable sense of unfinished business with the battery fire investigation”.
Our main feature package examines Turkey’s fast-emerging aviation and aerospace industry, with profiles on Turkish Airlines and Turkish Aerospace Industries, partner with Airbus Military on the A400M and with AgustaWestland and aspiring manufacturer of a number of its own military aircraft designs.
We also focus on US regional aviation, with pieces on the slow retirement of the Bombardier CRJ200 fleet and Embraer’s revamped E-Jet family.
In the news section, there are reports from the MRO Americas show in Atlanta and Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany. Plus: how Eurocopter’s departing boss thinks vertical lift commuting could be the solution to airport congestion and why CFMI believes its Leap-1A engine is still in a strong position to power the lion’s share of Airbus A321neos, despite rival P&W’s early lead.