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A Neo pretender

This first appeared as a Comment in the 21 January issue of Flight International Having served its purpose admirably the Airbus A330 was supposed to fly quietly into the sunset, as the A350 emerged to take on the Boeing 787. The mid-size queen is dead, long live the king: a clear ­succession plan for the […]

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Out with the big stick

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 21 January issue of Flight International Last year’s worldwide airline safety performance was not the best ever, but it was still very good. In fact, airline safety is so much better now than it was only 10 or 20 years ago that adopting an objective of […]

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Can Airbus confront its 250-seat conundrum?

Airbus faces a quandary when it comes to the 250-seat market, as we explain in a two-page analysis in the 21 January issue of Flight International, and it is partly as a result of the continuing success of a type it thought would be flying its way into the sunset by now, the A330. Despite rumours […]

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Straight & Level 14 January

Final restaurant place for airliner A museum is on the hunt for an airliner to turn into a restaurant, and says any donor need not make a meal out of delivering it. The Classic Air Force, based in Newquay near Cornwall, will collect and says “if any airline, anywhere in the world, has a suitable […]

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Week on the web 14 January

Whether one looks at the A-10 (pictured) and thinks “totally awesome” or “inexplicably ugly”, fans of the aptly nicknamed Warthog can rejoice (for now at least), as Washington’s recently-signed National Defense Authorisation Act has blocked the USAF from retiring any more examples until at least the end of this year. As The DEW Line notes, […]

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Getting rid of the paper chain at a touch

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 14 January issue of Flight International The page you are reading may have started life in a forest and made its way via pulp mill, printing plant and long logistics chain to your desk somewhere in the world – or been consigned in a matter of […]

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What goes up…

The below article first appeared as a Comment in the 14 January issue of Flight International. Latest buoyant order and output figures from Airbus and Boeing might spark one of two sentiments: let the good times roll, as demand from all corners of the world continues beyond the horizon; or here surely is a bubble […]

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Second time lucky for CSeries

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 […]

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Straight & Level 7 January

Cracking the kamikaze code Can you decipher kamikaze? The Fleet Air Arm Museum is trying to find the meaning of insignia on a rare Japanese Second World War Ohka 2 – which has been hanging from its rafters for over 30 years. The aircraft was designed to be released on steep dive suicide missions from […]

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Week on the web 7 January

When Washington DC-based Edward Russell found himself stranded by a low-cost carrier in Mexico, he decided to take a deeper look at what happens when an airline makes a significant schedule change less than 24h before departure. He explains on The Airline Business blog how his experience with Volaris in this instance left him with […]

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