Archive | May, 2012


Russia, China set for Kissinger-esque pact on aviation

Russia’s revolving president Vladimir Putin is reportedly set to strike a Kissinger-esque deal with China, but focused on aviation. In 1972, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flipped Beijing from a regional rival into a Cold War partner. Now Russian daily Vedomosti reports Putin is working on a similar deal, attempting to turn China from […]

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Divining 777 deliveries for American Airlines

Note: This post was written by our new airline reporter, Edward Russell, who doesn’t yet have an account on our blog site. Stay tuned for more from Ed…   When American Airlines announced its schedule for the Boeing 777-300ER earlier today, it also gave away its delivery schedule for the type.   It will receive […]

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RAA 2012: Guess who’s thinking about making a new turboprop?

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Engine makers General Electric and Pratt & Whitney have been signaling for months that ATR and Bombardier aren’t the only airframers pondering the market potential of a 90-seat turboprop, but it was never clear to whom they referred. Our first thought was Embraer. The Brazilian manufacturer once dominated the 35-seat turboprop sector, […]

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RAA 2012: Superjet meets press 2 weeks after crash

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Superjet International still can’t say anything about what caused the 9 May crash of a Sukhoi-piloted Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight in Indonesia. The hunt for the digital data recorder continues, though the cockpit voice recorder has been recovered.  But Superjet also surely did not want to hide from the press, […]

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RAA 2012: Regional airlines poised for massive fleet renewal

CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT, K TERMINAL (en route to Minneapolis) — It could not be a more auspicious moment for the US Regional Airline Association (RAA) to stage its annual convention this week in Minneapolis.The RAA’s airlines members are in upheaval, with two (American Eagle and Pinnacle) in bankruptcy, one (Republic Airways Holdings) reorganizing a major […]

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The missing 747-8I story – An explanation

After some middle-of-the-night self reflection, punctuated by the largely negative comments on my 18 May posting regarding Lufthansa’s 747-8I and its slight delivery slip, I decided to delete the posting early Saturday morning. I know that doesn’t erase the fact that the posting did exist for several days and was probably read far and wide.  […]

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EBACE: Notes on the back of Learjet cocktail napkin …

  Photo/Billypix Conventions such as Europe’s biggest aviation gathering always have two purposes: meet customers or show us new products. In the last few years at EBACE, there was less of the former and almost none of the latter. For the (ahem) wags churning out the event’s three show dailies, which depend on almost exclusively […]

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Movie Monday: Remembering Canadair and the Challenger

GENEVA, Switzerland — In 1980, the National Film Board of Canada commissioned a young director named Stephen Low to document an ambitious plan to revive struggling Canadair by developing an advanced business jet — the Challenger. The rest of the story is now well-known. After surviving a disastrous crash in flight test, the Challenger went […]

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EBACE: Goldman Sachs, Onex to sell off Hawker Beechcraft

A Beechcraft Baron sits on the static display outside the PalExpo convention center in Geneva./Billypix GENEVA, Switzerland — Hawker Beechcraft has clarified that GS Capital Partners, a Goldman Sachs company, and Toronto-based Onex Capital Partners are selling their equity ownership stakes as part of a restructuring under Chapter 11. That means Hawker Beechcraft’s employees face […]

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NTSB: Two wing drop events preceeded G650 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has quietly released hundreds of pages of information on the Gulfstream G650 crash on 2 April 2011 in Roswell, New Mexico, although a final report has still not been released. You can browse all of the documents on this page on NTSB’s web site. It’s a rare glimpse inside a […]

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