Archive | March, 2007


A380 biggest and fastest…

Boeing has never knowingly oversold the rival A340′s slowness in its own marketing presentations for the 747 and 777.The slowness of the A340-200/300 is indeed legendary – there’s even a painting of a 747-400 in flight where the caption reads: “…and just below can be seen an A340 that is being overtaken”.Imagine Airbus’s unbridled glee […]

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The extraordinary life of Sir Arthur Marshall

Flight International celebrates its centenary next year and it’s a rare day when you come across someone in aviation who’s older than the magazine. Here’s a truly wonderful example however: Sir Arthur Marshall, best known through his engineering firm Marshall of Cambridge, has just died aged 103. There are some excellent obituaries in the British […]

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What is so difficult about procuring helicopters?

Even by the notorious standards of military procurement, there is something very odd about helicopter contests. Right now there are no fewer than three stories coincidentally running on the helicopter section of Flight’s site about helicopter selections that are in difficulties. Norway can’t decide if it was such a good idea to opt for NH […]

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British Airways will order Airbus A380s

Over at IAG, Addison Schonland makes this argument below following the US-Europe openish skies deal: We expect British Airways to rethink its fleet plans now. Does it weigh the replacement fleet with more frequencies (smaller planes) or bigger planes using its slots more efficiently? The former, smaller planes, means slot problems as these are finite, […]

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Russian coup shows that EADS still has teeth

It’s been hard for EADS to do anything right recently, but today they finally signed off on a deal with Russia that is truly historic. Politics has been hugely important in all of this of course – but the fact remains that EADS is now well and truly established in Russian aerospace in a way […]

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Open Skies – look at airline alliances to see what’s next

So finally there’s a deal it seems. You’d have to be brave to predict what will happen next – but a sensible analysis needs to start with alliances. (And then look at the people not in alliances.)

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General Electric and Rolls-Royce have responsibilities too

In all the excitement about Steven Udvar-Hazy’s comments about China, less attention was paid to something he said about GE and the A350 XWB. His point was that Airbus really needed to persuade GE to get on board the -1000 version of the aircraft to ensure its competitiveness with the Boeing 787-10. GE has been […]

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Dream date for Boeing’s 787 roll-out

You might want to mark Sunday 8 July in your diary, because there’s a good chance that a certain US airframer will be opening its doors and proudly wheeling out its new toy. “A little bit of a coincidence – imagine that,” says Boeing 787 programme manager Mike Bair, referring with not-entirely-convincing innocence to the […]

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China will not be competing with Airbus or Boeing anytime soon

So, who would you trust on the future of the aircraft industry – Steven Udvar-Hazy or me? OK, point taken, but nevertheless…I’m really not sure what Mr Hazy is suggesting when he talks of the Chinese threat to Boeing and Airbus. Taken literally I suppose he’s right when he says Boeing and Airbus won’t dominate […]

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Soyuz comes to South America along with the press corp

In the James Bond film Moonraker the European villain Hugo Drax launches his perfect people carrying Space Shuttle’s from Amazonian launch complexes. The white spaceplane lifts off among the dense foliage of the rain forests.
The Europeans I was with in French Guiana were not villains and they were not attempting to take over the World but we were at a rocket launch complex and we were in the midst of dense foliage.

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