All In Depth

  • EAG Union Jack - 05
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    UK firm EAG details development roadmap for hybrid-electric regional airliner


    A UK company planning to bring a 70-plus-seat hybrid-electric regional aircraft to market by 2028 has laid out its detailed plans for the programme, which will include demonstrator flights from 2024 and will cost a cool $5 billion to bring into series production.

  • A330 Phenix
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    How global A330 MRTT fleet stepped up during crisis


    In common with its A400M Atlas stablemate, the Airbus Defence & Space A330 multi-role tanker transport has come into its own during the coronavirus pandemic, with multiple nations demonstrating the adapted widebody’s operational versatility.

  • Airline recovery tracker
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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: August 2020 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, airport passenger throughput, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

  • JAL 787-8 no2
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    JAL plays the long game with pandemic response


    Japan Airlines (JAL) is focused on long-term survival as it weighs its network, finances, and fleet, amid the coronavirus pandemic. JAL sees sharply diverging trends for its domestic and international network, says the carrier in an email interview with FlightGlobal. Source: JAL JAL has 25 ...

  • Boeing 787 Charleston assembly plant
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    Analysts view Charleston as central to 787’s future as Boeing CEO urges patience


    Boeing’s chief executive has cautioned against speculation that the company’s 787 production review will culminate in an eventual shift of all 787 work to South Carolina. But analysts view Boeing as heading in that direction.

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    Why Sea Kings still rule for HeliOperations


    On the face of it, a UK company flying former Royal Navy (RN) Sea King helicopters on behalf of the German navy from a former coastguard base in the very south of England sounds an unlikely combination, or at least the set-up for a convoluted joke. But for Portland-based HeliOperations, that union is proving a lucrative one.

  • British Airways Negus retrojet Boeing 747-400
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    End of an era: British Airways and its five 747 decades


    British Airways’ decision not to resurrect its Boeing 747 fleet as part of its recovery programme signals an abrupt end to one of the most famous airline/aircraft associations in the jet age

  • Southwest Max
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    737 Max certification remains urgent for Boeing even as new-jet demand sags


    Among Boeing’s various challenges, getting the 737 Max certificated still takes top prize – even though the coronavirus downturn has eroded demand for new jets

  • F-35A Lightning II’s from Hill Air Force Base Utah
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    What aerospace technologies will survive looming US defence cuts?


    Expect a shrinking Pentagon budget in the mid-2020s. Though the USA might have tamed coronavirus and started to see its economy grow again by the middle of the decade, Washington will have to face up to the hard fiscal and economic realities of years of lost revenue

  • B-1B formation
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    Global defence budgets special


    With recession looming large, defence budgets around the globe will not be immune from cutbacks, as economic realities force a rethink of programmes and capabilties.

  • Korean Air Aerospace Division
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    Korean Air Aerospace Division sees big disruptions from coronavirus


    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has seen a major impact from coronavirus across its diverse business areas, and believes that the pandemic heralds permanent change for the MRO sector. Three to four months into the pandemic, the company has seen aerostructures production for key aircraft types either reduced by ...

  • Kawasaki OH-1
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    JGSDF beefs up rotorcraft to address tougher neighbourhood


    Amid an increasingly challenging geopolitical environment in North Asia, the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) is upgrading its rotorcraft capabilities to better deal with littoral missions.

  • B-21
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    Big USAF B-21 fleet essential for great power conflict: think tank


    Long-range stealth bombers are the most effective and least costly method for the US Air Force (USAF) to strike targets deep in China and Russia, according to recent report by the Mitchell Institute.

  • Vietnam-Airlines-In-flight-service-on-South-Korean-routes-over-coronavirus-outbreak-916x516
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    Asia airline task forces grapple with new realities


    Airlines in the Asia-Pacific have convened high-level task forces to deal with the coronavirus crisis and the changes necessary for a resumption of air travel. While air travel has resumed in several of Asia-Pacific’s domestic markets — namely Australia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia — regional and ...

  • Cargo on an A320 C Lufthansa Cargo
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    How coronavirus has turned the freight market on its head


    With most passenger flights grounded, urgent demand for cargo is keeping many airlines solvent. Will a continued shortfall of bellyhold capacity spur orders for longer-term passenger-to-freighter solutions?

  • X-59 manufacturing
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    NASA and Lockheed to begin X-59 supersonic jet tests in 2021


    Engineers at NASA and Lockheed Martin have a wealth of experience and historical data – and a lot of public money – to help them build a low-boom supersonic jet. But until the X-59 actually breaks the sound barrier, whether they have opened the door to a Mach-plus renaissance will be an open question

  • Emirates A380s in storage
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    Middle East carriers aim to get back on track


    Much of the attention on airlines in the Middle East during the coronavirus crisis has focused on the big three Gulf operators and the struggles of Israeli carrier El Al.

  • Parked Lufthansa aircraft
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    How the airline industry has been hit by the crisis


    After years of record traffic growth and unprecedented profitability, the airline industry is facing the sharpest and most sustained fall in air traffic demand as the coronavirus pandemic has brought international travel to a virtual standstill.  

  • LATAM aircraft parked at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport during pandemic grounding
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    Latin carriers feel the pain as crisis deepens


    That Latin America’s two biggest operators LATAM Airlines and Avianca have both been forced to file for bankruptcy protections shows the extent to which carriers in the region have quickly found themselves under pressure during the pandemic.

  • Pittsburgh International airport
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    North American carriers hunker down through crisis


    While hard hit North American carriers may have found some comfort from state support packages and the size of its home markets, they have taken action swift action to limit cash burn to protect their businesses while waiting for passenger demand to return