All In Depth

  • Boeing's Renton plant
    In depth

    Max effect drags down overall sales and deliveries in 2019

    2020-01-15T21:47:00Z

    Boeing’s pain across both orders and production significantly impacts overall metrics in the mainline airliner sector 

  • FORECASTS INTRO c Peter Komka_EPA-EFE_Shutterstock
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    Outlook for 2020

    2020-01-12T19:21:00Z

    For airframers, the year to come holds technical, regulatory and organisational challenges sure to keep management focused – or even awake at night. A turbulent economy is buffeting airlines, while the technology race for military advantage is only speeding up. Assessing ongoing trends and pending trials, FlightGlobal presents our outlook ...

  • Airline Financials c Gregorio Borgia_AP_Shutterstock
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    Airline deals offer hints of a sector in recovery

    2020-01-12T16:52:00Z

    The year just gone was clearly one of some financial turbulence for airlines – high-profile failures included BMI Regional, Germania and Wow Air in Europe, Avianca Brazil, India’s Jet Airways and, of course, Thomas Cook. And the general backdrop of continued trade tensions hit demand while creeping fuel, labour and ...

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    Max crashes prompt regulatory review

    2020-01-12T16:48:00Z

    Like flashing Master Warning lights on a flight instrument panel, the Boeing 737 Max fatal crashes in the past two years have signalled that an airworthiness certification oversight system that served the world’s most powerful aviation industry well for decades is no longer coping – and needs updating. Meanwhile, ...

  • Hypersonics China (2) c Ng Han Guan_AP_Shutterstock
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    Hypersonic arms race accelerates

    2020-01-12T16:35:00Z

    The USA is hurrying to catch up with China and Russia, which could field an operational hypersonic boost-glide vehicle capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as soon as 2020. That urgency has prompted the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend $2.6 billion on hypersonic weapons research as part of ...

  • ATTRITABLE Gremlins c DARPA
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    Gremlins in the works

    2020-01-12T16:32:00Z

    Development of low-cost attritable aircraft could accelerate in 2020 with the US Congress eyeing at least $100 million in its upcoming budget for the new type of aircraft and the US Air Force (USAF) planning several new experiments. Attritable aircraft are unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) designed with limited lifetimes, that ...

  • Helicopters - AW139s c Leonardo
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    Still struggling to generate lift

    2020-01-12T16:30:00Z

    On any forecast, the easy way out is to predict a curate’s egg of a year: some bits good and some bits bad. But when dealing with the helicopter industry it is probably an accurate representation of a sector that has not yet fully recovered from a downturn that has ...

  • F-35 (2) c Giuseppe Lami_EPA-EFE_Shutterstock
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    Lightning edges closer to striking gold

    2020-01-12T16:25:00Z

    Will 2020 be the year the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II crosses the finish line? Despite a falling price tag and eight years of continuous aircraft deliveries, the F-35 has struggled to emerge from its engineering, manufacturing and development stage. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced in October ...

  • Airbus c Airbus
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    Tackling production issues vital for Airbus to face off competition

    2020-01-12T16:24:00Z

    Airbus turns 50 years old – again – in 2020. While the European airframer chose to celebrate its half-century in 2019, using the partnership agreement signed in 1969 as a starting point, the official formation of the company took place in December 1970. Whether Airbus will be in the ...

  • Bombardier c Toms Kalnins_EPA-EFE_Shutterstock
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    Bombardier realises its transition with CRJ sale

    2020-01-12T16:24:00Z

    If all goes to plan, 2020 will go down as the year Bombardier ends a 34-year sojourn in commercial aviation. The company expects to sell its CRJ programme to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2020, handing the last portion of a once mighty regional portfolio to the parent of the company ...

  • Embraer - E190-E2 c Ian Langsdon_EPA_Shutterstock
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    Embraer eyes exit from anti-trust limbo

    2020-01-12T16:24:00Z

    Brazil’s Embraer ended 2019 facing some big tasks in 2020. With the first two members of its new three-aircraft E2 series of commercial aircraft performing well so far and the other in flight-testing, the regional jet manufacturer is anxiously awaiting regulatory approval to split off its commercial aircraft division and ...

  • Japanese Fighter c USAF
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    Decision looms for F-2 successor

    2020-01-12T12:32:00Z

    The new year promises to bring greater focus on Tokyo’s plans to develop a fighter to replace its Mitsubishi F-2, with a purely indigenous development or with foreign help. News about the F-3 – also known as the “future fighter” – continues to trickle out. Tokyo prefers leading a ...

  • Quantum 1 c Max Kingsley-Jones_FlightGlobal
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    Industry must grasp ‘technology shift’

    2020-01-12T12:30:00Z

    Obvious to casual observers and enthusiasts alike is the dramatic technological development trajectory of a century of aviation. But while enthusiasts attuned to very fine details may have more to say about recent developments, casual observers will legitimately note that aircraft are much the same as they have been for ...

  • MH17
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    Ukraine mired in airliner shoot-down for third time in 20 years

    2020-01-11T19:28:00Z

    For the third time in less than 20 years Ukrainian authorities are likely find themselves under pressure in the aftermath of a fatal surface-to-air missile attack on a civil airliner. Admission by the Iranian government that a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was inadvertently brought down by such a ...

  • UIA 737 crash in Iran
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    Experts detail factors that may have led Iranian missile crews to down Ukrainian 737

    2020-01-10T21:49:00Z

    Though the cause of the Ukraine International Airlines crash remains unconfirmed, defence experts suspect high stress and poor civilian-military coordination led ill-trained missile units to mistakenly shoot down the Boeing 737-800.

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    How aviation is falling behind when it comes to cybersecurity

    2020-01-08T16:08:00Z

    Many industries have encouraged independent security researchers’ efforts to help make their systems cyber secure - but aviation has some catching up to do

  • Gina Russo c Corporate Angel Network
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    How business aviation gives flight to angels

    2020-01-07T14:39:00Z

    They may be known as rich men’s toys, but private jets are now increasingly being used to get cancer sufferers to vital medical assistance, thanks to one determined US charity, the Corporate Angel Network

  • MH370
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    How the airline story unfolded across the last decade

    2020-01-02T12:24:00Z

    A year-by-year view of some of the key images, stories and themes that helped shape development of the airline industry since 2010 and are setting the agenda as a new decade begins

  • Delta Air Lines Airbus A220-100
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    How the airline industry grew profitable over the decade

    2019-12-30T10:44:00Z

    While IATA has downgraded its industry outlook for 2019, the airline sector as a whole still capped an unprecedented run of profits by completing a decade in the black.

  • B737 Max 8 cockpit
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    Intense scrutiny on Boeing overshadows unaddressed lessons from 737 Max crashes

    2019-12-23T18:10:00Z

    Boeing’s 737 Max updates have largely addressed concern about the aircraft’s flight control system, however broader risks involving pilot training and aircraft maintenance remain unresolved, say aviation safety experts and commercial pilots.