Archive | July, 2008

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Freight dogs in Vogue

Freight dogs, the lads – and occasional lassie – who pilot today’s cargo flights in oft-ancient birds, are getting some long overdue attention. Men’s Vogue is running a particularly fabulous feature by writer Michael Walker about what he calls “the renegade airmen who keep the global economy aloft”. In his piece, Walker captures the joys and […]

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Saab won’t make it a four-way turboprop race

With demand for turboprop aircraft increasing in the face of soaring fuel prices, it isn’t any wonder that Embraer is considering entering what is currently a two-way competition between incumbent airframers ATR and Bombardier (although let’s give props to the Chinese for rolling out an updated version of the MA60). It begs a little question […]

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US Airways scales back A330 plan: Sign of things to come?

Narrowbody deferrals have become a frequent occurrence around these parts, as US airlines struggle to survive the onslaught of sky-high fuel prices and a weakening economy. Thus far, however, widebody delivery schedules – and orders – remain largely untouched as international growth continues to help offset the domestic downturn. But there may be trouble ahead. […]

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A blog about bloggers discussing blogs at Oshkosh

If I could be anywhere on 28 July, it would be at Oshkosh, where Jetwhine, the self-described blog of aviation buzz and bold opinion, plans to host “the first annual blogger connection at AirVenture”. Many of the folks who produce today’s aviation blogs and podcasts will gather together to discuss the impact social media is […]

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Bombardier’s new widebody aircraft

In a society where being thin is the gold standard, it is understandable that folks become a little miffed when told they have a wide body. But in the world of aviation, the term “widebody” is considered venerable indeed. That’s why it should come as no surprise to any of us that Bombardier is touting its […]

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The latest word from Boeing on 787 lightning protection

If you run a quick Google search about Boeing’s lightning protection system for the 787, you may be surprised to discover that there isn’t a whole lot of information out there about it. The system, which involves a wire mesh embedded in the 787′s composite fuselage, is proprietary and as such, Boeing has been rather quiet […]

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USA’s blood red ink a stark contrast to Farnborough action

No matter which way you slice it, the Farnborough air show has been a marvel of activity this week with massive aircraft and engine orders from plenty of non-US airlines, a slew of cooperative agreements and MRO deals, and the launch of Bombardier’s CSeries programme (although with a letter of interest from Lufthansa, we might […]

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Exostar growth explosion (plus a trickle of 787 supply chain chat)

Sometimes the less-sexy topics in aviation get relatively little coverage even if they deserve attention. Take online exchanges, for example. Several years ago, names like Aeroxchange, ESIS, Exostar, PartsBase and Cordiem were starting to break technological ground – and news – by boasting plans to support direct procurement. Some died (Cordiem), some survived, (Aeroxchange), and […]

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Linear eyes fleet of 300 Eclipse 500 VLJs despite recent drama

We haven’t discussed air taxi operators of very light jets (VLJs) here on Runway Girl, but perhaps it’s about time we did so. Because while a small fleet of Eclipse 500s might not make much of a dent in the world of commercial travel, a fleet of several hundred running with fast and furious frequency […]

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Now launched, the Bombardier CSeries needs to arrive on time

Several years worth of major aircraft programme delays, first from Airbus and then Boeing, has made the industry sceptical about whether airframers can bring new-design jets to market within the constraints of their own ambitious schedules. With credibility down due to slip-ups – and outright mess-ups – in the A380 and 787 programmes, the pressure is […]

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