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Week on the web 29 July

The DEW Line provides a brief update on the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme. Less than two weeks after its naming ceremony, the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out at Rosyth, Scotland on 17 July. The ship is scheduled to begin sea trials in 2016. Second of class vessel HMS Prince of Wales will […]

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Do I do or do I don’t?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 29 July issue of Flight International. The most common category of airline accident all over the world is the runway excursion. It follows that, if the industry could identify the causal factors in detail, then find ways to mitigate them, this move would have the potential to […]

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Summary injustice

This first appeared as a Comment in the 29 July issue of Flight International The loss of flight MH17 is not about Malaysia ­Airlines. Everyone in the aviation industry knows what a cruel irony it is that this carrier has lost a second Boeing 777 with everybody on board – again apparently through no fault […]

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Dealing with the fallout from MH17

Flight International’s 29 July issue has a four-page report on the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 apparent shootdown. Our operations and safety experts David Learmount and David Kaminski-Morrow look at the struggle to piece together what actually happened on 17 July, and whether Russia’s version of events has any credibility. They also examine what […]

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Straight & Level 22 July

Before the disappointing news broke that the F-35 would not be able to visit the UK as planned, an existential moment from Lockheed Martin’s general manager for the programme, Lorraine Martin: “It is here today… it’s just not physically here today,” she said during a briefing at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Conner gets in […]

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Airbus’s easy decision

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International As recently as last month’s media briefing in Toulouse, smokescreens were being laid. Airbus was pondering re-engining the A330, but in “no hurry” to decide. So the confirmation of the A330neo as almost the first announcement of this year’s Farnborough got […]

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Lightning fails to strike

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International Very seldom is an aircraft more conspicuous by its absence than the Lockheed Martin F-35, and the embarrassing saga that accompanied its attempted journey to the UK and the Farnborough air show. For Lockheed, in this instance the advertising proverb that […]

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Flight International’s Farnborough report

Flight International’s 22 July issue has a comprehensive report on last week’s Farnborough air show, with all the big stories outlined and analysed in full. It kicks off with one of our most stunning covers ever: Rich Cooper captured the Airbus A350 commencing its air display just as its A380 stablemate was landing behind it […]

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The Farnborough campaign begins

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 July, the Flightglobal team – gathered from our three regional offices in London, Washington and Singapore – decamps to a newsroom in Farnborough, where the fun begins! Well, fun might be the wrong word. Farnborough is gruelling stuff. But we hope what we produce is worth it. Here is what we will […]

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Is there an orders bubble?

With more airliners than ever being ordered, concerns are mounting that demand is reaching unsustainable levels and the industry is facing an orders bubble. A new Industry Insight paper from Flightglobal’s consultancy Ascend casts doubt on suggestions that the passenger aircraft market is over-ordered, however. Drawing on analysis from exclusive data, Ascend looks at key […]

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