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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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Shifting sands

This first appeared as a Comment in the 26 November issue of Flight International How powerful are the Gulf carriers over the definition of new widebody commercial aircraft? It is not a new question, but it has never been more relevant. It’s worth remembering that it was only two years ago when Boeing hailed an […]

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Is the 777X a global gamechanger or an airliner optimised for the Gulf?

That’s the question posed by our cover story this week following the launch of Boeing’s new airliner, and a record-breaking day orders for Airbus and Boeing widebodies, at last week’s Dubai air show. Our 26 November issue has 14 pages of news, analysis and stunning pictures from the show, including articles on how Gulf carriers shaped […]

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The myths and privileges of being an air show journalist

Covering an air show is a strange, bubble-like existence. Don’t get me wrong; it’s fantastic visiting some of the world’s greatest cities – Dubai, Paris, Singapore, er, Farnborough (well, London really) – but, apart from the odd fancy restaurant or corporate cocktails on the top of the Eiffel Tower or at the foot of the […]

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Straight & Level 19 November

Blackbushe – a sign of the times Long before Boris Island, London City and even Gatwick and Stansted, London’s second airport was Blackbushe, and last month there was a ceremony there to unveil an illustrative sign commemorating the many British airlines that used to call it home. The sign was unveiled by Harold Bamberg, founding […]

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