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Ban airlines, don’t smear them

The European Commission has been talking about creating a so-called blacklist of unsafe airlines for just short of a decade now. It hasn’t managed to produce one yet, but suddenly transport commissioner Jacques Barrot is planning to come up with a firm proposal. Good luck to him, he’ll need it. Frenchman Barrot’s remarks were at […]

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When depressurisation drills go wrong

There are mysterious aspects to the loss of the Helios Airways Boeing 737 last weekend, but the fact is that if the depressurisation emergency procedure is not followed rapidly and efficiently then things can quickly go wrong. At least two reports of earlier incidents show just what can happen. In this 1998 incident the highly experienced […]

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BA’s perfect storm

Everybody is surprised at how this tiny dispute was able to leap from one little-known company to a major flag-carrier in a few hours and then bring the giant to its knees within minutes – rather like a computer virus. But it doesn’t take much. Behind the Gate Gourmet dispute is the chronically deficient business […]

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Air France 358 and the media

It has been a while since a major world airline operating a state-of-the art aircraft has been involved in an accident sufficiently telegenic for the 24h news media to stay with it for a day. Telegenic maybe, but thankfully the Air France flight AF358 accident was not tragic – nobody on board or on the […]

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Our men in the UK: Boeing and EADS put different accent on CEO policy

The appointment of new UK chief executives at Boeing and EADS shows the very different visions of the world’s two biggest aerospace companies when it comes to flying the flag in Europe’s biggest aerospace market. EADS’s Robin Southwell is an industry man through and through, who made his name and reputation steering through the successful EADS, […]

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Selling Airbus in China

Airbus are taking a pretty direct route to selling the A380 in China as you can see in this picture from Flight’s publishing director Jim Muttram on the Airport Expressway in Beijing. Anyone able to translate the message? Technorati tag: Airbus A380 China

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Little pieces of Seattle and Toulouse in Moscow

Over the past decade Boeing and Airbus have each created engineering design centres in Moscow. They have similar objectives and I’ve just had the fascinating experience of visiting them on consecutive days. We’ll talk about them at length in the magazine shortly, but my overriding memory right now is just how powerfully they’ve inserted their corporate […]

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