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  • ANALYSIS: What you will and won't see at 2015 Paris air show

    ​Paris is the undisputed queen of the air shows. The most venerable – the first was staged in 1909 – it is also by far the largest, with over 2,200 exhibitors and almost 140,000 professional visitors turning up to the 2013 event. The week-long bonanza – with four trade days – is not to everyone’s taste. Its sheer scale and location – on a business airfield in a down-at-heel suburb north of the city, often gridlocked during the week – mean getting into and around the show can be difficult. Humidity and frequent downpours can add to the discomfort. However, there is no doubt that the biennial event remains the place to meet and be seen for anyone in the aerospace industry.

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  • PARIS: New Chinese air show launched

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  • PARIS: Superjet International confident of securing further Western customers

    Superjet International is again at Paris in its quest to secure a second Western customer for the Sukhoi Superjet.

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  • ANALYSIS: Rolls-Royce readies for Trent XWB-97 flight test on A380

    News | 31 Jul 2015 07:50 | Murdo Morrison

    ​A year after it powered to life for the first time in a concrete-walled test cell, the engine for the largest variant of the Airbus A350 will any day now be departing Rolls-Royce’s factory in Derby, and making its way by road and sea to Toulouse, where early in October it is set to make its maiden sortie on Airbus’s A380 flying testbed. Six to nine months and 120h of testing later, the Trent XWB-97 – exclusive powerplant for the A350-1000 – should fly on that aircraft for the first time, ahead of the type’s service entry in 2017.
  • ANALYSIS: How Heathrow is feeling the squeeze

    News | 08 Jul 2015 12:52 | Murdo Morrison

    Following the UK Airports Commission's recommendation for development of a third runway at London Heathrow to meet future airport capacity needs, analysis from Flightglobal’s Ascend consultancy highlights how lack of capacity at the UK’s biggest airport has seen it lose ground to other big hubs, in Europe and the Gulf. Airlines operating from Heathrow have also significantly changed their customer offering to adapt to the squeeze on slots.
  • ANALYSIS: Plenty life left in the Caravan after 30 years

    News | 07 Jul 2015 09:09 | Murdo Morrison

    Cessna’s 208 Caravan has fulfilled many roles over its 30-year lifetime – from commuter airliner to feeder freighter, and from military transport to sightseeing aircraft – notching up 13 million flying hours in 100 countries along the way.
  • ANALYSIS: Diversification pays off for Latecoere

    News | 19 Jun 2015 08:35 | Murdo Morrison

    ​As Airbus ramps up output, it is first-tier suppliers such as Latecoere that must get the balance right between capital investment and meeting the tight delivery demands of its biggest customer. This dilemma can be seen at Latecoere’s main facility in Toulouse, where two giant riveting machines have been newly installed to join the seven Korean-made metal panels that make up the A330’s fuselage section 15.
  • ANALYSIS: How TBM brand has created a halo effect for Daher

    News | 18 Jun 2015 07:23 | Murdo Morrison

    ​Since buying the Tarbes-based Socata business from EADS in 2008, Daher might be best known – in the aerospace world at least – as the brand behind the TBM high-speed single-engine turboprop. But the French firm, whose roots go back to cargo shipping in the 19th century, is also an increasingly important manufacturer of aerostructures. It is beginning to take that business transatlantic, beyond its traditional domestic customer base, although Europe remains a driver of growth too.
  • ANALYSIS: Revamped production line allows ATR to ramp up

    News | 16 Jun 2015 06:43 | Murdo Morrison

    ​It is possibly not a problem ATR thought it would ever have to face when its annual output languished in single figures a decade ago. But buoyant demand for the Toulouse-based airframer’s twin turboprops – it took a record 160 orders in 2014 – meant it has had to find a way of raising production beyond a capacity limit of eight aircraft a month. Its solution? Splitting its final assembly lines in two last year to allow it to go up to rate 10 by the end of 2015.