Archive | June, 2006

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Round the world (almost) by 727

There are few assignments these days that give you a chance to circumnavigate the globe, let alone do it by a true classic airliner – and all the while inspecting some of the most advanced composite manufacturing sites in the world. This highly unusual odyssey was set-up by Boeing which wanted to show the progress […]

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Westland reborn

One of the great pleasures of being a journalist on Flight International is that companies occasionally do things like offer to fly you on a Agusta 109 Power from RAF Northolt to AgustaWestland in Yeovil, skimming over the perfect patchwork Wiltshire and Somerset countryside at 2,000ft and playing spot the landmark. Okay, one of these is […]

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Forgeard’s chances for survival? Not much

Just back from talking to some senior industry movers and shakers in Paris, and it seems everybody rates EADS co-CEO Noel Forgeard’s chances of survival as somewhat below a fat turkey’s on Christmas Eve. In a country where big business and politics go hand in hand, the EADS affair started as a very “industry” story […]

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Tony Blair’s aircraft – damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t

The UK Government has spent the last few months studying the delicate issue of how its ministers should get around the world – and today both the BBC and Sky News are claiming that the recommendation is that taxpayers should cough up for a couple of leased aircraft. This is delicate because, of course, whatever […]

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Randy’s blog gets under Airbus’ skin, but what to do about it?

Opinions are of course divided on Boeing marketing chief Randy Baseler’s blog, but they’re mostly divided between dedicated bloggers and everyone else. The bloggers are irritated that Randy won’t play by their rules and still has quite a successful blog; everyone else is just interested in what he has to say, to some extent anyway. […]

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Airbus’ blackest day

It’s hard to think of a more horrendous day for EADS and Airbus than the one they have just gone through. And I wonder if the current management line-up can come back from it. They’ve had to tell two of their most important customers that they’ve badly let them down; they’ve had to apologise to […]

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Hanging up his pilot’s helmet: Ken Higgins looks back over 40 years testing Boeing’s commercial aircraft

Yesterday Ken Higgins formally hung up his flying helmet as boss of Boeing’s extensive flight test operations after more than 40 years with the company. Staring out from his office window overlooking Boeing Field (pictured above) he admits it is tough to be leaving, particularly with the 787, 747LCF, 777F and 747-8 coming up, but […]

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