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Week on the web 10 December

At the Airline Business blog, we learn that San Diego will get a direct connection to the Tijuana International airport when a new cross-border terminal facility opens in 2015, the first in either Mexico or the USA. The project will connect the existing terminal with a new building in the USA via a 150m bridge. […]

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Time to deliver unmanned civil airspace

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 December issue of Flight International Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made big headlines last week by revealing that his online retailing empire is experimenting with the delivery of packages by small unmanned aircraft. It may be easy to think up reasons why it won’t work, but given […]

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No blame game

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 December issue of Flight International In the face of any aviation accident there is always a tendency to over-react to the immediate events. And this is particularly the case when, as with the awful scenes in Glasgow, the crash is quite so public. The components of […]

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Guarding the skies

Fantastic monochrome cover showing a UK Eurofighter Typhoon and French Dassault Mirage, and an even more impressive World Air Forces directory to go with it in the latest issue of Flight International. The guide to every nation’s airborne assets from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe is compiled by our colleagues behind our Flightglobal Ascend Online Fleets and MiliCas data products, and […]

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Straight & Level 3 December 2013

Pan Am Amigos meet up in Miami Almost exactly 22 years after its winding up, Pan Am continues to evoke more nostalgia than any other former airline, thanks in large part to the film Catch Me If You Can and a recent US drama series. On 7 December, former employees of the airline will gather […]

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Braveheart defence plan will never fly

This first appeared as a Comment in the 3 December issue of Flight International If only William Wallace – the 14th century freedom fighter immortalised in the film Braveheart – could have called in an air strike. Wallace’s successors in the Scottish National Party-led administration in Edinburgh may not be planning a rerun of the […]

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No contest

This first appeared as a Comment in the 3 December issue of Flight International South Korea’s decision to obtain 40 Lockheed Martin F-35As brings a degree of closure to F-X III – one of the most hard-fought fighter competitions in recent years. Leaving the door open to a possible buy of 20 ­additional fighters, Seoul […]

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Reversal of Rolls

Could Emirates spring a surprise over who will power its new A380s? That’s the question posed by our cover story in the 3 December issue of Flight International. We look at how the UK company is pushing an enhanced version of the Trent 900 in a bid to usurp the Engine Alliance GP7200 as powerplant […]

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Week on the web 26 November

Ned Russell test-rode the Sukhoi Superjet 100. His Interjet journey from Mexico City to Mazatlan was uneventful, but up in the cockpit it must have been fun; as fleet supervisor Diego Hernandez says: “This aircraft is built by the Russians. It flies like a fighter.” More – and pictures – on our Airline Business blog. […]

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Flying blind

This first appeared as a Comment in the 26 November issue of Flight International The Tatarstan Air crash at Kazan is yet another piece of evidence that the kind of risk airlines face is changing. Perfectly serviceable aeroplanes are crashing because of pilot misjudgements or ignorance, claiming the lives of their crew and passengers. This […]

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