All In Depth – Page 13

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    MQ-Next should include both expendable and high-end UAVs: Lockheed Martin


    Lockheed Martin is proposing a range of unmanned air vehicle options for the US Air Force’s MQ-Next development programme, including a type that the company calls “expendable”.

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    Analysts warn of Boeing talent drain, question company’s long-term strategy


    A cadre of departing mid-level Boeing staff has raised questions about whether the company could find itself short of critical expertise needed to advance future commercial aircraft programmes, say aerospace experts.

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    Alphabet’s Wing division advances unmanned air traffic system


    Various companies have in recent years been working to develop underlying air traffic technologies intended to support the expected rapid expansion of the commercial unmanned urban air mobility (UAM) industry.

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    AirAsia’s Fernandes doubles down on digital as domestic market improves


    AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes reiterated comments made earlier that its domestic and short-haul flights will recover faster, with the low-cost model better poised than its full-service counterparts. 

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    Where the airline industry was when the music stopped


    Another year of strong profit and traffic growth in 2019 for leading carriers illustrates the highs the industry had reached before the coronavirus pandemic, but offered no warning of the crisis to come that has pushed airlines to the brink.

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    Recovery in China hard to replicate elsewhere: GAMECO chief


    China’s rapid recovery in domestic air travel — after a battering by the coronavirus pandemic —will be difficult to replicate in other countries and regions, but can set the tone for a wider, global recovery. Chief executive officer and general manager of Chinese MRO GAMECO Norbert Marx says the ...

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    US lawmakers propose additional $29bn in airline support for staff


    Two US senators have introduced a bill that would provide airlines with another $28.8 billion in funds earmarked for employee expenses incurred through March 2021.

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    From the archive: Boeing 747 flight test


    As the new Boeing 747 was making its debut in early 1970, Flight International’s test pilot, Captain R E Gillman, was given the opportunity to try out the behemoth in the air. This is an edited version of that article, originally published on 12 March 1970

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    How widebodies caused a revolution in aviation


    Air transport entered a new era half a century ago when airframers created a step-change in size and capacity with the first generation of twin-aisles, of which the Boeing 747 was only the first. 9,683 The number of widebody airliners delivered globally, according to Cirium fleets data 1,638 Total ...

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    Why 1970 fundamentally redefined air transport


    However you look at it, 1970 was an epoch-making year for commercial aviation. The revolution in aircraft design heralded in that year would be the springboard for the airline industry to accelerate capacity growth in a way it could only dream about previously.

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    Five decades of widebody deliveries and development


    Since Boeing handed the first 747-100 (N733PA) to Pan Am at its Everett plant near Seattle on 12 December 1969, the world’s manufacturers have delivered almost 9,700 more widebodies to airlines, governments, air forces – and even some wealthy individuals.

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    How Soviets decided four was the magic number


    Call it an air transport anachronism, but just as four-engined airliners are slipping, perhaps prematurely, into the realms of nostalgia, Russian airframer VASO is assembling a new widebody quadjet, the Ilyushin Il-96-400M, at its facility in Voronezh.

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    Can Boeing score 60-year production run with rejuvenated F-15?


    With its contract to deliver a first batch of EX-version fighters to the US Air Force, Boeing can now target further international F-15 sales, and a delivery run potentially spanning 60 years.

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    Export deals to keep F-16 fighting fit


    In common with Boeing’s F-15, US industry’s other similar-aged fighter – the Lockheed Martin F-16 – also has enjoyed a recent orders revival, just as it had appeared to be potentially nearing a production end. Lockheed’s firm order backlog for the single-engined type stood at a combined 38 aircraft ...

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    Airports face long wait for air traffic return


    Whilst the crisis facing airlines has dominated most of the headlines since the collapse of air transport demand from the global pandemic, the symbiotic nature of their relationship means airports are facing their own financial pressures from the slump in passenger numbers.

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    China-backed Skyrizon and local partner up pressure for Motor Sich acquisition


    China-backed firm Skyrizon is making a renewed push in its long-running effort to acquire Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturer Motor Sich, with vocal support from a new local partner.

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    How close is Hong Kong to setting up travel bubbles?


    Proposed travel bubbles have offered a ray of hope for restless Hong Kong denizens grounded for months in a densely populated city, but these have proven more complicated for the government to arrange than it initially seemed. An annual jaunt to Taiwan or Japan is de rigueur for many ...

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    How Lockheed Martin plans to speed up sales with commoditised F-16


    The jet is already the most popular combat aircraft in the world, with 2,280 examples in service at the end of 2019. Yet, Lockheed Martin believes it can sell even more – faster – with the help of a new base model configuration.

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    United to expand October schedule to 40% of normal


    United Airlines says it is expanding its October schedule to about 40% of normal, adding domestic and international destinations in order to try to profit from customers’ pent-up demand after months of shelter-in-place.

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: September 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.