Archive | October, 2005

Amazing how Chapter 11 concentrates the mind

Well it didn’t take long for the people now running Delta Air Lines to conclude that including a “low-cost” airline in their plans wasn’t a great way to get themselves back out of Chapter 11. Whatever else about that much maligned process, it does confront managers with the reality of what they’ve been doing wrong. […]

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Aeroflot’s big prize

Every so often major airlines find themselves in an immensely powerful position: they have a purchase choice between the aircraft of two manufacturers, either of which would do the job, but both of which have serious politics riding on them. Right now that’s Aeroflot. Next week the Russian flag-carrier is due to commit the best […]

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EADS to build Boeing 787 (up to a point)

It was only a matter of time of course, but a business unit of Airbus’ majority shareholder EADS has finally got itself a deal to build a significant chunk of Boeing’s 787. So complex is the web of aerospace suppliers today that it wasn’t really possible to predict how and when this would happen. As it […]

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Second A380 flies…phew!

You can bet that Airbus execs are damn pleased to see the second A380 in the air at last. Obviously the event is important in its own right, but Airbus must be desperate to shift its focus to the A350 right now. The company is in something of a perfect storm. For the first time […]

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Has Safran survived the honeymoon?

[Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison writes:] I’m at the first half-year results announcement of the newly merged Safran at Paris’s opulent George V hotel, and the first test of how this very French marriage between aerospace giant Snecma and consumer communications specialist Sagem has got through its honeymoon (the merger was completed in May). Chairman […]

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A380 flaw Airbus kept hidden, now revealed

Journalists, even those with a good knowledge of their subject matter, like to feel that with the right questions the truth will out. That under scrutiny the senior executives and others we interview will wilt under the perceptive questioning, the velvet interrogation, with a smile. But the reality is that any organisation can keep their secrets […]

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Blogging from 25,000ft

Flight International Senior Reporter Justin Wastnage posts from a Connexion by Boeing demonstration… At 25,000ft your correspondent has had his second experience of Connexion by Boeing live internet. sure the glitches from last October’s flight above the puget sound have been ironed out, but live TV took about six downloads to get to work. The […]

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Vie with Dubai

[Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison writes:] Like some create your own city state computer game, Dubai is building at a breathtaking pace: the Gulf sheikdom is constructing the tallest tower block, awesome resort hotels, a theme park bigger than Disneyworld, a new motorway, a “media city” and a second international airport, and all in the […]

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Trading places?

[Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison writes:] Which Western airline chief wouldn’t fancy being Akbar Al-Baker for a bit? The Qatar Airways boss has no stroppy unions, press or city shareholders to contend with, one of the shiniest new fleets in the world and is adding routes at the rate of almost 10 a year. When […]

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Saudi Arabia: the next tourism hotspot

Kamil wasn’t too pleased about me being on his back. Given that Kamil was a camel, I felt me climbing on his back was pretty much par for the course. But Kamil wasn’t having any of it. As I put one leg over, up he rose in the air, leaving your correspondent swinging down sideways, […]

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