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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Plus ca change

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 25 June Paris air show report edition of Flight International: Beyond the order announcements, product launches, flying displays and freakish weather, the 2013 edition of the Paris air show assembled a global aerospace industry heading in opposite directions, yet facing real and completely different pressures.Do not […]

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Our Paris air show report

From the launch of the Boeing 787-10 to Embraer’s announcement of its second-generation E-Jet and from details of the Airbus A350 flight test regime to Piaggio’s entry into the unmanned air vehicle market, our Paris air show report issue has all the news and analysis of what went on at the world’s biggest air show. […]

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Week on the web 11 June

The DEW Line reported that Sqn Ldr Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing in a Lockheed Martin F-35B (see picture). The landing took place on 28 May. Flightglobal’s Airline Business team spent the week in Cape Town reporting from the IATA Annual General Meeting, the association’s […]

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A fine sight – now for the orders fight

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 11 June issue of Flight International Two generations of European industrial collaboration will be seen in close formation during the opening flypast for the 50th Paris air show, with one of the French air force’s soon-to-be-delivered Airbus Military A400Ms to lead the Alpha Jets of the […]

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No time to relax

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 11 June issue of Flight International. Things could finally be looking up for Lockheed Martin’s gargantuan tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. On the financial side, the latest Pentagon selected acquisition report shows that the jet’s overall programme price tag has dropped by $4.5 billion to about […]

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Our bumper Paris issue

Heading to Le Bourget? What better way to brief yourself for the week ahead than Flight International’s bumper Paris special issue? Aside from our usual news section, the 132-page issue contains updates on many of the big programmes likely to be in the news next week, including the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Bombardier CSeries, Lockheed […]

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