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O’Leary’s widebody wait

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 16 September issue of Flight International It is an absurdly great time to be selling widebody airliners. One look at the order backlogs of Airbus and Boeing confirms this point, but also consider this: there is a premier customer with ample access to financing – Ryanair’s […]

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Keeping it credible

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 16 September issue of Flight International The fuselage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 operating flight MH17 was extensively punctured by “high energy objects” that entered from outside, says the initial report. The weakened hull then broke up, and wreckage was widely scattered over agricultural land […]

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Top 100 aerospace companies

Our Top 100 aerospace companies ranking, compiled in association with Pwc, each year throws up some fascinating facts. This year, for instance, that Boeing and Airbus Group (formerly EADS) are in positions one and two, in turnover terms, is not particularly surprising. But what is interesting is that, Boeing is ahead in overall revenue, thanks to […]

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Straight & Level 2 September

Handing over control A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was on a turbulent approach to Belfast airport with the captain flying manually, and all was going well until the flare for landing. The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch bulletin described what happened next: “As he made the flare manoeuvre, with somewhat more than flight idle torque […]

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Week on the web 2 September

On the Airline Business blog, Edward Russell says it is “about time” United Airlines offered live in-flight streaming, following an October 2013 announcement that it would provide the service on most of its Airbus A320 family and some its Boeing fleet. Arie Egozi on Ariel View discusses the threat of man-portable air defence systems, which […]

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Ash costs cash

This first appeared as a Comment in the 2 September issue of Flight International When Icelandic volcanic ash visited Europe’s skies in April 2010, it cost the continent’s economy at least €5 billion ($7 billion) – just by grounding most commercial aviation for a week. With seismic rumblings beneath Iceland’s fragile crust gathering strength, how […]

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The age of the airship?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 2 September issue of Flight International The five decades from 1914 saw heavier-than-air ­aviation evolve from basic biplanes to the jet age.  The subsequent 50 years welcomed stealth, supersonic airliners, huge advances in aerostructures and mass air travel. However, lighter-than-air technology has moved somewhat more hesitantly in […]

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Aviation versus volcano

With rumbles under the restless crust of Iceland, the 2-8 September issue of Flight International looks at how prepared aviation is for another volcanic ash cloud. Much research and work has been done since the 2010 incident that crippled airline operations for weeks, but has it been enough? Are there protocols and new technology in […]

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Straight & Level 26 August

Pilatus’s very Swiss roll-out Sometimes in the life of a globetrotting Flight International scribbler you can forget what country you are in. Not so for our colleague who attended the roll-out of Pilatus’s first jet, the PC-24. The firm’s Stans location, in an Alpine valley, is as chocolate-box Swiss as you can get. For the […]

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Week on the web 26 August

David Learmount examines the threat to European aviation posed by Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano following a series of earthquakes below its surface. With the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption still fresh in the minds of the aviation world, Learmount asks whether “things will be any different” if an airborne volcanic ash cloud drifts in […]

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