Archive | February, 2006

This blog so very nearly coming via Connexion by Boeing

This was going to be the first post generated in mid-air via Connexion by Boeing on a revenue flight. I wrote it on my Singapore Airlines flight back to London after the Asian Aerospace show using the free half-hour you get as a promotion at present. Sadly when the half-hour runs out the system simply disconnects […]

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Racing to failure?

A new commercial space race sounds dramatic and the fact that the two vehicle technologies are US and Russian harks back to the Cold War competition NASA won to get to the Moon.

But both parties should be thinking about being as safe as they can, not who can be first. The first fatal commercial suborbital flight could also be the last and that fantastic future, unforeseen by Clarke and Kubrick, may become a sorry story of hubris.

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Going for broke

by Max Kingsley-Jones, commercial aviation editorThe failure last week of an A380 wing during static testing has left many wondering exactly what it means for Airbus and the A380. It was also an interesting case study in how to manage a potentially damaging story about what is a fairly complex engineering exercise.The failure happened last […]

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The phoney war at Singapore

There’s been a sense of phoney war here on the press day of Asian Aerospace. This is the last time the show will be held at the Changi airport site at Singapore before the two show partners – Reed Exhibitions and the Singapore government – go their separate ways: Reed to a new civil aviation-only Asian […]

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A380 flights set to dominate Singapore show

It’s media preview day here at the Asian Aerospace show in Singapore, the usual slightly eerie pre-show atmosphere with a few dozen journalists and PR folks wandering around an exhibition site that tomorrow will have thousands of trade visitors. I’ve just witnessed two phenomena that are going to dominate life here for the rest of the week… […]

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How British is EADS?

In an increasingly global aerospace industry, how important is it where a company is from? Very important, it seems. At least according to the people who police press advertisements which appear in the UK to ensure they are fair and truthful. EADS has been banned by the UK advertising watchdog, the ASA, from running an advertisement […]

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One day Ryanair is going to have to be liked

Safety aside, I do think there is a serious question over the impact of Ryanair’s gratuitously confrontational service model on its business model. CEO Michael O’Leary frequently likens Ryanair to America’s legendary Southwest Airlines – and there’s no question he based much of his model on Herb Kelleher’s airline. (Ireland’s bucaneering aviation community is extremely […]

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That Ryanair documentary

Well the much awaited Ryanair documentary on Channel 4′s Dispatches programme in the UK aired last night and contained pretty much what Ryanair had cleverly already told the world it would contain. Smart move. It was fairly unimpressive stuff – a decent 5 minute news bulletin stretched into a creaky 1 hour documentary after 5 […]

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Sir Richard, me and the FBI

I looked down to see a moustached man looking up at me from his unmarked car’s front passenger window, which was wound down. The agent opened his wallet and sure enough his badge said federal agent, “We’d just like to pull up and talk to you”.

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Turns out Jetblue and American are more alike than you might think

As recently written I just had some time with American Airlines’ management and, in this complicated business, it was a reminder of just how simple the apparently complicated air transport business can be. Just as simple for the supposedly ‘different’ JetBlue which yesterday recorded its first loss. American would just about kill to have suffered […]

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