Flight International: Airbus ups the stakes and MRO in the Middle East

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The 24 January issue of Flight International is out now, with a "smiling" A320 as its cover star. The picture shows the first flight of an Airbus with the airframer's new sharklet wingtip devices and emblazoned with a shark's teeth motif.

David Kaminski-Morrow was at the annual Airbus/EADS new year briefing in Hamburg for our cover story. His piece outlines Airbus's plans to advance production to a target of 570 units in 2012, after a year in which the Toulouse-based manufacturer delivered 534 aircraft (combined with Boeing's 477, the annual tally broke the 1,000 mark for the first time).

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Also in the issue, Dominic Perry was in Paris to report on ATR's plans for capacity growth. We also look at Ethiopian Airlines' angry response to the inquiry report which followed the carrier's fatal Boeing 737-800 crash off Beirut two years ago.

In features, we have a special report on the Middle East's MRO sector - with profiles of Emirates Engineering and Joramco - as well as a package on avionics, which includes updates on datalinking for aircraft-to-ground communications and satellite-based landing systems.

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