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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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Week on the web 19 November

The DEW Line notes that while the US government spending sequestration has kept US air power away from air shows – Paris was certainly poorer for that – either they’ve come up with some cash or the ban doesn’t apply to shows in the Gulf. Dubai air show organisers are promising a treat from the […]

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Blowing in the wind

This first appeared as a Comment in the 19 November issue of Flight International A prototype airborne volcanic ash detector has just been proven – beyond doubt – to work. So what? There has only been one serious ash event in the history of aviation. That was April 2010, when an Icelandic eruption grounded Europe’s aviation […]

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Bluffers beware

This first appeared as a Comment in the 19 November issue of Flight International Ask any poker player: calling someone on a bluff is always a risky bet. Boeing’s machinists in Seattle have now made themselves clear. The vast majority of them are willing to risk losing the 777X assembly line, tens of thousands of […]

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Reality revolution

In the 19 November issue of Flight International, we put the focus firmly on cockpit technology with features on avionics and miltary simulator training. Anyone who plays computer games knows how realistic the imagery is in the latest products. That digital revolution is making simulator training more like real life too, with the latest generation products […]

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Straight & Level 12 November

Branson’s regret over Concorde Had Sir Richard Branson had his way, Concorde might still be winging the jet set over the oceans. Back in 2003, the Virgin founder’s £5 million bid for five British Airways Concordes was seen by some as a publicity gimmick (the very thought!). But 10 years after the supersonic transport’s retirement, […]

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Week on the Web 12 November

The DEW Line asks us to spare a little sympathy for the hapless Dutch F-16 pilot who struggled with a 4 November exercise – putting a few 20mm cannon rounds into the range control tower, some 500m from the real target. These things, alas, do happen; fortunately with only minor damage and no injuries in […]

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