Boeing back in business

The Dreamliner is the cover star of the 30 April issue of Flight International to mark its return to commercial flight after its long grounding following battery fires. In a two-page cover story we look at how Boeing plans to implement its technical solution to the battery problem and hopes the fix will restore its […]

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Straight & Level 23 April

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Rex Features Why BA must revive ConcordeWith the 10th anniversary of the last Concorde service fast approaching (British Airways’ G-BOAG from JFK, together with two other Concordes on ceremonial final flights, landed at Heathrow on 24 October 2003), campaigners have not given up trying to get the old girl back in the sky. The Save […]

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Week on the web 23 April

If you think British Airways’ new Airbus A380 looks resplendent in this picture, you might have Lady Thatcher to thank, writes David Kaminski-Morrow on the Airline Business blog. The late Iron Lady famously draped her handkerchief over a model of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 bearing the carrier’s controversial new ethnic tail fins at a […]

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Still in denial

(This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23-29 April issue of Flight International) Things have moved on in some ways since we last looked at the subject of contaminated cockpit and cabin air, and in other ways they have not.More pilots are reporting more in-flight events in which engine oil fumes pollute cabin air, […]

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Still in denial

(This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23-29 issue of Flight International) Things have moved on in some ways since we last looked at the subject of contaminated cockpit and cabin air, and in other ways they have not.More pilots are reporting more in-flight events in which engine oil fumes pollute cabin air, […]

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Sleeping Lion

(This article first appeared as our lead Comment in 23-29 April Flight International) Indonesia’s Lion Air would have hoped 2013 would be remembered for its order for 234 Airbus A320s in March, and its plans to start two new subsidiaries on the way towards becoming a major pan-Asian airline. Instead, the lasting image from this […]

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How to save GA?

The international organisation that represents owners and pilots of private light aircraft describes the situation in Europe’s general aviation sector as “dire”. Consumer belt-tightening, pressure to turn “inefficient” local aerodromes into housing and industrial estates, increasing red tape and a general feeling that flying for fun is no longer an exciting option for many teenagers: all are squeezing […]

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Week on the web 16 April

The death of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher prompted David Todd to assess on the Hyperbola blog the Iron Lady’s contribution to the country’s spaceflight sector during her time in office in the 1980s. “Thatcher’s record was mixed. As a chemistry graduate she was known to have an interest in science. However, she and […]

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Brazil’s long battle to find a fighter

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International The Brazilian air force began a fighter replacement programme more than 15 years ago, and is still waiting. Its leadership is getting impatient. Breaking from a tight-lipped approach to the F-X2 acquisition, the air force’s Maj Gen Carlos de Almeida […]

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Save now, pay later

The following article first appeared as the leading Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International. The US government needs to get its financial house in order – plain and simple. The consequences of failing to avert the sequestration package of automatic budget cuts as mandated by Congress have become more apparent in the […]

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