Archive | December, 2005

So what next in the world of narrowbodies

Boeing is understandably pretty pleased with itself over selling its 6,000th  ”737″ earlier this week. But I think the real achievement is better stated as having sold, in round numbers, 1,000 of one family, 2,000 of the first derivative, and 3,000 of the next derivative. Those are roughly the figures for the -100/200 models, -300/400/500 […]

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How BAE must loathe regional airliners

BAE Systems stock shot up yesterday, even by its own dizzying recent standards, and put on another 5% in the opening hours of trading today following confirmation of the UK-Saudi government-to-government deal that includes the purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoons. On this occasion the market’s reaction is fully justified – the deal is of huge […]

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It comes with the territory for British Airways

Weirdly enough British Airways (BA) is yet again on the receiving end of a public dressing down from the UK’s regulatory authorities. This time the Air Accidents Investigation Branch is giving them a very hard time indeed over what it found when it dug down into BA’s maintenance empire after a medium-embarrassing incident with a […]

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F-22A

The US Air Force’s newest fighter stands poised to enter operational service this week, but with a new name. The Lockheed Martin F/A-22 is renamed the F-22A. The USAF’s official explanation says the ‘F/A’ designation was invented three years ago as a marketing tool aimed at selling the Raptor as a multi-role fighter to a sceptical […]

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Mystery: revolutionary helicopter ‘unveiled’ or massive typo?

  It is rare to spot something truly new in one of the hundreds of reports issued each year by US Department of Defense’s legion of internal think-tanks, much less learn of the existence of an undisclosed, revolutionary helicopter development project. But it can happen. And so it is with the recently published, 175-page report […]

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Cobham goes corporate

Cobham www.cobham.com is rather proud of the fact that it has one of the smallest and most inauspicious head offices of any top aerospace manufacturer. The UK manufacturer - ranked 35th in terms of sales in the industry - eschews either a prestigious London address or a landscaped, modern office complex. Instead, the nerve-centre of its $1.8 billion operation – […]

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