Flight International’s cover story this week (14 January), published before yesterday’s announcement of a further delay to the programme, looks at prospects for the Bombardier CSeries following the addition to the flight test programme of a second CS100 aircraft. Acknowledging at that point that doubts lingered over the manufacturer’s earlier flight test schedule, our Washington DC bureau chief Stephen Trimble looks at what is behind the wobble in the twinjet programme as well as at its sales prospects.
In other news, we assess how Boeing set a new delivery record in 2012 and where the union acceptance of Boeing’s ultimatum leaves the 777X programme. We examine Snecma’s plans to build a prototype open-rotor engine and fly it on an Airbus A340 in 2019, and have the details behind the fatal ditching of an Angara Airlines Antonov An-24.
In Defence, why the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog looks to have escaped defence cutbacks – for now – and how the Airbus A400M has gone operational for the first time, with the French armed forces in Mali. And, one year on from the 787 battery crisis (and ahead of the latest development in that story), Stephen Trimble explains how the fix installed some months after the first events looks to have done its job.
Dominic Perry reports from Yeovil on how AgustaWestland’s UK plant – home of the AW101 – remains confident about the future, despite India’s cancellation of orders for 12 VIP helicopters. And our environment feature looks at the rows behind the latest attempts to get consensus on how governments tackle airliner emissions.