Fuel speed ahead

The UK’s new Airbus A330 Voyager graces the cover of the latest Flight International (9-15 April), in which defence editor Craig Hoyle assesses the transition from the aged VC10 and TriStar tankers to the latest fleet of refuelling aircraft. This year, he asserts, marks a “crucial transition” for the country’s in-flight military aircraft refuelling capabilities.

We also preview the ABACE business aviation show in China, where the region’s appetite for private flight is still growing. Siva Govindasamy looks at the sort of jets winning favour in this burgeoning market.

We turn the spotlight on MRO in North America, with pieces on how new bedfellows American Airlines and US Airways will consolidate their maintenance operations, and the new contenders filling the vaccum left by the demise of Air Canada’s MRO division.

In news: the latest on how the North Korean crisis is impacting military aircraft sales to the South; EADS’s move to consolidate its HQ in Toulouse; and how a former US Navy admiral is questioning the logic of the US acquiring the A version of the Lockheed Martin F-35.

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