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  • Bek Air crash4
    Opinion

    Fatality-free aviation remains distant dream

    2020-01-17T10:37:00Z

    After an encouraging series of airline safety figures recorded around the middle of the last decade, some observers pondered whether the prospect of a fatality-free year could be a realistic short-term ambition for the industry.

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    Opinion

    Airbus wins the contest that never was

    2020-01-17T10:37:00Z

    What’s wrong with a duopoly? Well, when one of the two protagonists drops out, it turns into a monopoly.

  • Tehran 737 crash
    Opinion

    737 crash response needs transparency from Tehran

    2020-01-10T14:54:00Z

    Given the rock-bottom relations between Iran and the USA, it is inevitable that the 8 January crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 near Tehran has become ensnared by the tension between the two.

  • F-35C
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    Can Lockheed repeat F-35 production success in 2020?

    2020-01-10T14:53:00Z

    One year ago, many observers doubted that Lockheed Martin would succeed in keeping its aggressive production ramp-up for the F-35 on track, given the programme’s troubled past.

  • Dennis Muilenburg - Jim Young/AP/REX/Shutterstock
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    Changing leaders does not solve all Boeing’s problems

    2020-01-03T12:24:00Z

    Dennis Muilenburg took the Boeing helm in the summer of 2015 during a relatively benign period for the manufacturer. But as he departs, there is a very different atmosphere at the firm’s Chicago headquarters, where the ongoing 737 Max crisis still has many more questions than answers.

  • comment-2-c-us-air-national-guard
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    Next decade will bring more ‘unknown unknowns’ for aerospace

    2020-01-03T12:23:00Z

    Predicting which surprises the coming decade might hold for the aerospace sector may well be a hopeless task, but the events that will unfold through the 2020s may be hard pushed to match some of the drama experienced over the past 10 years.

  • Extinction rebellion
    Opinion

    How are airlines handling scrutiny of their environmental impact?

    2019-12-13T11:11:00Z

    The airline industry’s impact on the environment has moved up the agenda at an impressive pace during 2019.

  • MaxParking-c-Ted_S_Warren_AP_Shutterstock
    Opinion

    The end of 2019 does not signal an end to Boeing's woes

    2019-12-13T10:19:00Z

    Boeing had been hoping that its problems would be, if not be ended, then at least on the way to being solved as 2019 draws to a close, but that no longer appears the case.

  • Thomas Cook
    Opinion

    Despite 2019’s challenges, aviation continues to weather the storm

    2019-12-13T10:15:00Z

    Boeing stockpiles undeliverable aircraft after a fatal crash grounds its most popular model and undermines confidence. Meanwhile, Airbus throws in the towel on the superjumbo era, Bombardier bows out of commercial aviation, Embraer nears the end of the road as an independent airliner-maker and Mitsubishi confronts reality – again.

  • A400M Airbus Military first flight
    Opinion

    Ten years after debut, can A400M sales take off?

    2019-12-10T12:28:00Z

    It has certainly taken a long time, but Airbus at last looks to be entering smoother air with its long-troubled A400M Atlas tactical transport.

  • Emirates A380 Dubai 2019
    Opinion

    The weird parallel reality of the WTO spat

    2019-12-10T12:17:00Z

    One of the most fascinating aspects of the World Trade Organization dispute has nothing to do with the boasts about penalties and tariffs, or the squabble over who gained the greatest advantage from government handouts – but rather the potential realities that might have materialised if the controversial financial support had never existed.

  • Thales future cockpit - Thales
    Opinion

    Will technology transform efficiency of flight?

    2019-12-03T10:05:00Z

    In his classic A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking freely admitted he struggled to visualise multiple dimensions – barely coping with two. If the physicist who upturned thinking about black holes, relativity and quantum mechanics could not quite grapple with the shape of the universe (or in his case, ...

  • 737 Max 10 unveiling
    Opinion

    Can biggest 737 Max variant be a perfect 10?

    2019-12-03T09:52:00Z

    Amid the safety crisis enveloping the wider Boeing 737 Max programme, it has been easy to lose track of the progress of individual models.

  • Virgin Atlantic Pride flight
    Opinion

    Action needed on LGBTQ diversity at airlines

    2019-11-28T13:11:00Z

    A diverse and inclusive workplace is a better one, writes IATA’s Dexter Morse, but more airlines need to adopt a structured approach to the issue

  • GlobalEye
    Opinion

    Saab's GlobalEye keeps seeking out sales

    2019-11-25T09:35:00Z

    For the second time in four short years, Saab emerged as one of the surprise high fliers at the biennial Dubai air show – but its repeat sales success with the GlobalEye surveillance aircraft was just reward for a decade-plus relationship forged with the United Arab Emirates’ military.

  • Emirates Boeing signing
    Opinion

    Emirates shows restraint in latest order spree

    2019-11-25T09:35:00Z

    Emirates is renowned for its huge aircraft orders, and this year’s Dubai air show was no disappointment. But dig a bit deeper and it quickly becomes clear that the airline has actually been quite restrained in its spending.

  • 737 Max 8 - Boeing
    Opinion

    Is 737 Max nearing a comeback?

    2019-11-15T13:05:00Z

    When will the 737 Max fly again? For months, it seemed one guess was as good as the next. You might as well have asked someone off the street.

  • A330 MRTT - Airbus Defence & Space
    Opinion

    Ready for the next big tanker battle?

    2019-11-15T13:04:00Z

    Much as an army cannot march on an empty stomach, an air force can have only limited effect without the range- and endurance-boosting support provided by in-flight refuelling tankers.

  • KE safety video 2019
    Opinion

    K-pop safety video signals change at Korean Air

    2019-11-14T12:26:00Z

    Korean Air is showing off some new K-pop moves in its new safety video and wants its customers to sit up and pay attention.

  • Air France A318 - Air France
    Opinion

    Will Air France fleet renewal include stretched A220?

    2019-11-08T16:33:00Z

    Air France-KLM chief Ben Smith summed up one of the French flag carrier’s problems to investors during a briefing on its modernisation strategy.