The 26 August issue of Flight International has one of our most popular features of the year – the World Airliner Census. Our tables and accompanying analysis reveal facts such as which airframer has the most narrowbodies in service, and which fleet is growing fastest. The directory lists each type alphabetically, broken down by operator, with current inventory and orders. Our analysis looks at market shares by manufacturer and region and lists the top 10 mainline and regional types, with total fleet numbers and the change from last year.
Meanwhile, Stephen Trimble reports from the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where he witnessed the first tandem series of take-offs and landings by an unmanned aircraft and piloted fighter, namely a Northrop Grumman X-47B and Boeing F/A-18C Hornet.
In Air Transport, the investigation into the crash of an Iran-built HESA An-140 and how sanctions could force Russian airlines to turn to domestic types. In Defence, Australia considers acquiring additional airlift capacity and a debut flight for the AHRLAC, a South African-built high-performance reconnaissance aircraft. In Business Aviation, a weighty order for Pilatus PC-12NGs from a new members-only airline club in the USA. Plus: we report from the Latin American business aviation show LABACE in Sao Paulo.