This week's Flight International (31 January) is out now and focuses on the cover on the latest development in the Boeing 737 Max versus Airbus A320neo duel, with Norwegian's latest order not helping to put much clear blue water between the two manufacturers. The fast-emerging Scandinavian carrier has placed firm orders for 100 Max and secured purchase rights for 100 more (as well as 22 737-800s), but also signed an MoU for 100 A320neos.
Our cover story looks at how order figures for the two airline families are rapidly converging.
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We also fly from helicopters - with a report on the Eurocopter X3's new speed record - to spaceflight, with business editor Dan Thisdell filing from French Guiana on the European space industry's preparations for the maiden launch of its light rocket, Vega.
There is also a report on the Bahrain air show, and why Berlin is negotiating a cull of its Eurocopter Tiger order. We have the latest on the A380 wing checks and details of how Boeing is upshifting production to meet demand for 787s and 747-8s.
In our Business section we examine why it has all gone wrong for one of India's most promising new airline brands, Kingfisher.
And in a training feature special, Mike Gerzanics flies the HC-130J simulator, David Learmount discusses why complacency and poor ongoing training could be contributing to relatively high numbers of loss of control accident, Michael Gubisch looks at how European airlines are filling demand for pilots, and Frances Fiorino finds out how pilots are trained to fly UAVs from the ground.