A grim truth will out

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July issue of Flight International. When a long-haul Airbus stalled over the ocean on a June night in 2009, with the loss of hundreds of lives, the accident received relatively little attention.Because this wasn’t Air France flight 447 to Paris but an ill-fated Yemenia service […]

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A distant destination

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July 2013 issue of Flight International. It no longer drops jaws as it did when it sailed the skies in quiet splendour over the 2005 Paris air show, but the A380 remains a sight, even as a workhorse serving close to 40 airports around the […]

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A350 finally makes the cover of Flight

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Deciding what goes on the front cover of Flight International is never an exact science. The Airbus A350 is most important new airliner to fly this year (although Bombardier might argue the point), but, because our cover goes to press on Thursday morning, we’ve missed two chances to put it on the cover. Both its […]

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Straight & Level 2 July

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“I told you we should have put the door there.” A Bombardier Challenger 601 has a close encounter with a hangar wall at Chino airport, near Los Angeles Noah way out of this place?This year’s Paris air show will live long in the memory for its biblical thunderstorms, causing the Twitterati to muse about floatplanes […]

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Week on the web 2 July

The DEW Line blog this week takes a photo tour of the military types on show at Le Bourget. Fittingly, Dave Majumdar declares Sukhoi’s mighty Su-35 to have been best-in-show – check the blog for what is probably the best video footage going of its awesome display routine. Charting a busy week in spaceflight, Hyperbola […]

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The future belongs to the bold

This piece first appeared as a Comment in the 2 July issue of Flight International When Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky parent United Technologies closed its $18 million deal to buy Goodrich last year, it set out a basket of business units for sale – partly to satisfy competition authorities, and partly to pull in […]

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Self-inflicted wounds

This first appeared as our lead Comment in the 2 July issue of Flight International Announcing a delay of up to one month in a five-year development programme would be meaningless and usually forgotten unless a company – or, indeed, an entire industry – suffers from an acute credibility problem. So when Bombardier postpones the […]

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Bombardier comes out fighting

It didn’t appear at Paris and it didn’t appear in the skies as was hoped in June, but it’s appearing on the front cover of Flight international this week (2 July). After the latest delay to its first flight – albeit only up to one month – the CSeries remains grounded at its final assembly […]

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Week on the web 25 June

The Paris Air Show is best experienced in person, but four hours of live video coverage from Le Bourget each day brought the rumbles of the Sukhoi Su-35 to aviation fans around the world. Michael Targett and Graham Dunn rose to the occasion to narrate the infrared footage of the flying display and invited special […]

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The bear is back

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 25 June Paris report issue of Flight International: The thrust-vectoring Sukhoi Su-35 – in its overseas debut – was always going to be a roaring success at a show at which the sequestered big guns of the US defence world were absent. The fourth-generation fighter putting on […]

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