Archive | October, 2007

Switzerland’s long aviation nightmare continues

Five years and eleven months after a regional jet crashed at Zurich killing 24 occupants, six officials of the airline involved – Crossair – have been charged with negligent homicide. This will be the second major trial stemming from a dark period in Swiss aviation history when just about everything seemed to go wrong. Nobody […]

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Tony and Julie Elwood – first pax in SIA’s double bed

Congratulations to Tony Elwood. He’s 75, is married to a 51 year-old babe called Julie, divides his time between Australia and British Colombia, and had the sound taste to blow $50,000 on a ticket for the A380′s first revenue flight. (Congratulations to Julie too for that matter.)

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Safe at last, Virgin America’s Fred Reid is really talking

He kept a low profile while Virgin America was being forced to beg for the right to do business, but now CEO Fred Reid is happy to talk. There’s a short but educational interview in Fast Company.

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Latest Flight blogger is Runway Girl

My colleague Mary Kirby is blogging as Runway Girl. If you look carefully you’ll notice differences between her blog and mine.

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FAA loses patience with those pesky Fokker 100 wheels

It must be a great job – being one of those guys in the FAA or CAA who keeps an eye on the safety of things like DC-8s, 707s, DC-3s and Fokker 100s. The latter, for example, have an irritating habit of losing their wheels – must drive the pilots nuts.

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VLCT 12 years ago – A380 revenue service in six hours time

This is the oldest Flight International story I can find on our website about what became the A380. It was written by somebody called Guy Norris, which tells you how long ago it was.

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Boeing 747 programme chief moved, apparently

Scott Hamilton’s pages at Leeham are the only place to be checking out today. Buried deep down in them is the remarkable news that the head of the 747 (including -8) programme has moved on after a year. This, as far as I can make out, was never announced by the company. Scott’s also dug […]

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Suddenly everyone loves ATR

Understanding what Boeing and Airbus are up to is child’s play compared with making sense of the regional aircraft world these days. Not so long ago it was a question of Bombardier battling Embraer on jets and ATR on props. And everyone trying to find a respectable way out of the props. Now everyone’s talking […]

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Incredibly Avro Vulcan XH558 has flown again

For the first time in 14 years an Avro Vulcan is back in the air. The UK-based group of restorers behind the project have overcome extraordinary obstacles to get this wonderful machine flying again. It made a 34min flight from RAF Bruntingthorpe yesterday. There are several movies rattling around but I think this is the […]

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BA business class cheaper than Easyjet (hurry!)

Tomorrow it’s the Rugby World Cup final in Paris. England vs South Africa for those of you who haven’t realised (which I suppose is today’s dictionary definition of an American!) If you’re in London then somewhat amazingly you can still fly to Paris tomorrow (although you’ll look long and hard for a roof over your […]

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