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KC-X protest – Boeing building up steam

Boeing has just issued a “tanker factors” backgrounder [download file] giving its take on the US Air Force’s assessment of its KC-X tanker bid against the five evaluation criteria. It suggests Boeing is narrowing in on reasons for protesting the award of the contract to Northrop and Airbus. Basically it says: Mission capability: Boeing’s bid […]

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Boeing and KC-X – to protest or not to protest?

I’m going to stick my neck out and predict Boeing will not protest the award of the KC-X tanker contract to Northrop and Airbus. Boeing gets debriefed by the US Air Force today (7 March) and will decide over the weekend whether to protest. But I don’t think they will find anything to fault in […]

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Stunt flying – the Airbus A380 on synthetic fuel

Airbus has flown an A380 from Bristol in the UK and Toulouse in France on alternative fuel. The synthetic jet fuel was supplied by Shell and produced from natural gas in Qatar using the Fischer-Tropsch process. It’s the first test of gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel in an airliner, but similar synthetic jet fuel is already being […]

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Could the Airbus A380 really replace Lockheed’s C-5?

Steve Trimble reveals that the Airbus A380 is a potential candidate to replace not only Air Force One, but also US Air Force Lockheed C-5 outsize airlifters. While it is hard to imagine the President of the United States flying around in the flagship of European aerospace, it makes sense they would want competition when […]

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Clean, quick and composite – Europe’s R&D targets

The European Commission has unveiled the first tranche of aeronautics research projects to be funded under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). No real surprises among them: there is a big emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of air transport and advancing the use of composites in aircraft. Leading the list of oh-so-European-sounding projects are: MAAXIMUS, […]

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NBAA: Epic, Kingfisher…and Airbus

It was slightly surreal to see executives from a US kitplane maker, European airliner manufacturer and an Indian airline seated side-by-side on the podium in a press conference room at a business-aviation show. But this can be an odd industry at times. The catalyst bringing the three together was not there – Indian brewery billionaire […]

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EADS acknowledges A400M delays

The cloak of opaqueness that surrounds Euorpean defence programmes has parted slightly, with EADS acknowledging the Airbus A400M military transport is in trouble. We have all suspected it was, but as recently as June Airbus Military was insisting it would still meet the schedule despite engine development delays. But in presenting its half-year financial results, […]

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Trojan Airbus?

Iran has donated an Airbus A300 to Iraq for use by government officials as a VIP transport. The aircraft arrived in Baghdad on 21 July after a delay blamed on “unspecified technical reasons”, says the Associated Press. It might pay to give the aircraft a thorough going over. In 2002, China claimed it had found […]

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For sale – Airbus

Quite a competition is under way in Europe, as EADS tries to sell off all or part of six Airbus plants as part of its Power8 restructuring plan, including Filton in the UK, Meaulte in France and Nordenham in Germany. Reuters has published a list of 14 companies it says have submitted bids for the […]

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