How the West won

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in Flight International, 19 February 2013) US Airways stands poised to join the long list of legacy airline brands, including Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, Northwest and Continental, to pass into history.But the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways upsets the typical post-deregulation narrative. For the […]

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How the West won

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in Flight International, 19 February 2013) US Airways stands poised to join the long list of legacy airline brands, including Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, Northwest and Continental, to pass into history.But the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways upsets the typical post-deregulation narrative. For the […]

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Who were aerospace’s stars of 2012?

We are looking for your nominations for Aviator, Innovator and Leader of the Year in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards. We also want your suggestions for Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominating your favourite – really – could not be easier. See what I mean by going to www.flightglobal.com/awards13

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Powering up to Paris

This week’s commercial engine special in Flight International (19 February) gives us a great excuse to use a stunning close up of Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, the only engine so far to power the Airbus A350. Andrew Doyle provides a programme update which looks at how the airframer and engine manufacturer are racing to get the […]

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Week on the web 19 February

On defence blog The DEW Line, Dave Majumdar highlighted an “awesome video from the cockpit of a VFA-103 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flying off the deck of USS Dwight D Eisenhower”. The footage was produced by Carrier Strike Group 8 last year. “But if the dire predictions of what might happen under sequestration come to […]

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Straight & Level 12 February

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BA takes its tea to new heightsTired of the laws of thermodynamics standing in the way of a decent cuppa, British Airways (come on, who else?) has started offering a new altitude-resistant blend of tea to its customers.Let’s spare you the tedious discourse on vapour pressure and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. The upshot is that water’s […]

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The agony of not knowing

(The following first appeared as a Comment article in Flight International, 12-18 February 2013) One thing that characterises managers in any industry or region is that they work hard to give the impression they’re in control – even if they don’t know what’s going on. So, when they don’t know what’s going on and admit […]

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The agony of not knowing

(The following first appeared as a Comment article in Flight International, 12-18 February 2013) One thing that characterises managers in any industry or region is that they work hard to give the impression they’re in control – even if they don’t know what’s going on. So, when they don’t know what’s going on and admit […]

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Fooling no-one

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in the 12 February 2013 issue of Flight International) Iran’s rollout of its Qaher-313 “stealth fighter” is little more than a poorly executed propaganda stunt for domestic consumption. It is immediately apparent from the many photos and video imagery of the purported “advanced aircraft” with a “very […]

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The future of the UK’s airborne assets and Iran’s dubious stealth fighter

A UK Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 is the cover feature star of this week’s Flight International (12 February), in which Defence Editor Craig Hoyle takes a look at what the Ministry of Defence’s 10-year equipment plan means for the country’s various airborne assets. Meanwhile, Dave Majumdar examines the claims being made by Iran for […]

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