Archive | November, 2007

A380 announces first VIP jet – ‘The Flying Palace’

Well it’s finally happened; at a Dubai event already packed with announcements, the A380 has been sold to its first VIP client, and shockingly it is not everyone’s favourite Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

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The biggest order in the history of the world?

In part one of their massive order announcement, Emirates Airline has ordered 81 Airbus aircraft. At a press conference at the Dubai air show Emirates chairman and Chief Exec, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said “The A350XWBs and A380s will play an important role in supporting Emirates’ and Dubai’s growth plans.” However, with an Emirates/Boeing […]

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Freighter Friday

I spy with my little eye lots of stories this month about freighter versions of aircraft. Airbus plans to use the A350-900 variant as the basis for the freighter. The proposed all-cargo version of the Airbus A350 XWB will offer Boeing MD-11F levels of payload and volume, but development probably won’t get underway until the […]

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Why has defence minister Lord Drayson resigned?

There are many mysteries in this world. For example is there a God? Is there extra-terrestrial life? When you drop your toast why does it always land the butter side down? These questions have many conflicting truths, as does remarkably the resignation yesterday of Lord Drayson as Minister for Defence. His reasons, which I like […]

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Mike Mangold wins Red Bull Air Race Tournament; causing more British heartache!

It seems that Lewis Hamilton isn’t the only disappointed English motorsport star this autumn with Mike Mangold pipping leader Paul Bonhomme to the Red Bull Air Race title. A close fought contest culminated in Mangold winning the title due better results in elimination rounds , highlighting a competition that has really come to life this […]

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