Editorial opinion – Page 7

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    Why sentiment could not save Thomas Cook


    Sentimentality has little place in the harsh realm of modern business. There might be an inescapable sense of injustice surrounding the Thomas Cook affair, a feeling that a company approaching its third century of trading deserved a break.

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    Why Boeing safety division must have power to act


    One of Boeing’s many challenges in the wake of the twin 737 Max disasters is how the company should reshape its internal systems to ensure the errors that led to the crashes – whether of omission or commission – are not repeated.

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    Can US Air Force keep pace with its ambitions?


    Speed kills. To defeat a near-peer adversary such as China or Russia in a future conflict, the US Air Force must operate at a pace that such nations will be unable to match.

  • Airbus fleet - Airbus

    Will Airbus' market forecast come close to reality?


    Anyone cursing being caught in a downpour without an umbrella after believing a forecast of fine weather would doubtless agree with former prime minister Winston Churchill’s opinion on the risks of predicting the future.

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    British Airways and Cathay Pacific woes demonstrate airline PR vulnerability


    Cathay Pacific’s challenges have perhaps been more significant to the business’s long-term strategy, but they offer a similar example of how an airline can quickly lose control of its messaging.

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    Is three a crowd for Tempest programme?


    This year’s DSEI brought further good news for the UK’s Tempest programme, with the Italian government and leading industry players signalling their intention to work in partnership on a next-generation fighter.

  • B-52 pair - US Air Force

    Why B-52 remains strategic champion


    Second World War dust was still settling when, in late 1945, the US Air Force (USAF) called for a new strategic bomber.

  • VoloCity

    Can urban air mobility win public confidence?


    In the 12 decades since the Wright Brothers, commercial aviation has advanced greatly, but there have been only a few genuinely disruptive technologies – those alignments of science, innovation, and market opportunity that, almost from nowhere and very quickly, fundamentally change the industry.

  • Emirates 777-9

    Manufacturers must heed Emirates chief's rebuke


    Tim Clark never knowingly pulls his punches, but the Emirates president has clearly run out of patience over the seemingly endless inability of aircraft and engine manufacturers to deliver service-ready hardware.

  • boeing 737 delivery centre

    Why bigger is better for aerospace companies


    Flight International’s latest report on the biggest companies in aerospace underscores a powerful reality about the industry: the big are getting bigger. In revenue terms, number-one-ranked Boeing has broken through the $100 billion ceiling, and ­billion-dollar-plus firms now make up two-thirds of the Top 100. Organic growth is broadly real, but only part of the story, because what is really driving this up-sizing are mergers and acquisitions.

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    Taiwan deters the “abyss” with F-16V buy


    Beijing’s reaction to the US government’s plan to sell 66 Lockheed Martin F-16Vs to Taiwan was as rapid as it was predictable.

  • PC-24 nose crop

    Business aviation must embrace green revolution


    In business aviation, sales slumps are usually broken by the arrival of new products – and the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows that rule still holds true.

  • 777-8

    Pausing 777-8 could give Boeing vital breathing room


    The crisis meetings in Seattle have got longer and bleaker in recent weeks, as the fallout from the 737 Max grounding continues amid significant disruption to Boeing’s other existing and future programmes.

  • AW159 Wildcat

    Leonardo needs good news for Yeovil helicopter plant


    What next for the Leonardo AW159 Wildcat and its Yeovil, UK production site after Germany’s selection of the NH Industries NH90 for a naval requirement?

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    737 Max might make sense for BA, despite fleet upset


    The latest arrival at British Airways marks the next step in the transformation of the carrier’s fleet.

  • Lockheed Martin F-35

    Why doctrine may be as important as speed


    A US Marine Corps captain once asked a group of officer candidates: “What do we do?” None gave the correct answer: “We fight wars.” Simple, really, and classic Marines; when called upon, be ready. Except, of course, nothing is so simple, ­either back then in the Cold War or today in what, increasingly, feels like a new Cold War. To be ready, soldiers – as well as politicians and arms industry bosses – had best ask some more difficult questions: Who will we fight? When? How?

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    Why the A220 is starting to count for Airbus


    Considering the degree to which the A220 is quietly flourishing under Airbus’s ­nurturing, the twinjet received surprisingly little attention during the airframer’s half-year results briefing.

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    Aviation faces increasingly uncertain outlook


    Glass-half-empty people generally do not run airlines; as the old saying goes, the industry has never made money. Like most old sayings, that one is not strictly true – but it is fair to note that “airlines” and “troubled” often go together.

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    Max costs keep rising but airlines have few options


    For months, Boeing has framed its 737 Max issues as a temporary, though unfortunate, setback to an aircraft programme that will surely rise again.

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    Safety gains must not be undone by technology


    Diligent application of hard-earned experience has made safety a hallmark of modern aviation; let’s not lose our grip on the basics of sound technique.