Editorial opinion – Page 11

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    OPINION: F-35 win in Belgium should come as no shock to Europe


    ​Belgium’s selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 to replace its F-16 fleet is not that surprising a step; Brussels had long seemed set on acquiring the type.

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    OPINION: Aerospace industry should welcome Chinese investment


    ​President Trump may portray China as the enemy in his drive to create American jobs for American workers, but (whisper it within earshot of the Oval Office), many hundreds of US citizens – in heartland states such as Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin – are grateful to Chinese employers for their ...

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    OPINION: Boeing investment in UK is needed as Brexit looms


    ​For Boeing, the official opening of its new UK parts manufacturing factory probably fell on the wrong date – coming, as it did, less than a week after London was revealed to be in the market for $3.5 billion-worth of new Chinook helicopters.

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    OPINION: Aviation's climate of change


    ​Between local air pollution and greenhouse gas, aviation is under fire. As our environment report illustrates, airports are air quality health hazards. And while aviation today is a relatively small source of CO2 emissions, it is destined to become a major driver of global warming as other activities, less reliant ...

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    OPINION: Are business jets ready to soar again?


    S​igns at this year’s NBAA convention proclaimed: “The future of business aviation starts here.” For once, there were plenty of indications that 2018 could be a turning point for the sector – 10 harrowing years after the financial crisis – and particularly in its largest market, the USA.

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    ​OPINION: Alliance power-play as Al Baker vents his frustrations


    Irritations with partner airlines have prompted Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker to question the value of being in a global alliance. Frustrated by what he sees as obstructive behaviour by Oneworld partners American Airlines and Qantas, he is threatening to withdraw the carrier unless things change.

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    OPINION: Can Faury fly as Enders' successor at Airbus?


    ​Guillaume Faury – named as successor to Airbus chief executive Tom Enders – has big paratrooper boots to fill. The former military man has achieved during six years as head of Europe’s aerospace behemoth what many believed could never happen. He brought a squabbling alliance of political and industrial egos ...

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    OPINION: Can Boeing use T-X win to revive fighter prospects?


    ​It may seem premature, given that the champagne corks have only just finished popping in St Louis, Missouri – home to Boeing’s fighter business – on the back of its win in the US Air Force’s T-X trainer contest, but thoughts must surely be turning to what comes next.

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    OPINION: Lack of women pilots exposes industry failing


    ​When Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker earlier this year made his ill-chosen, off-the-cuff ­remarks about the inability of women to run airlines, he did the industry a favour in that his comment highlighted – albeit rather uncomfortably – a huge gender gap that extends from the boardroom to the ...

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    OPINION: Is US Air Force really too small?


    S​ize matters, as the old adage goes. But how big is big enough, when it comes to the world’s most powerful air force maintaining its status?

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    OPINION: How Airbus's Leahy succession plan​ misfired


    It was never going to be easy for Airbus to replace its “billion dollar salesman” John Leahy. And just eight months into its post-Leahy journey, Toulouse has already had to make unscheduled turnback.

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    OPINION: Can aviation overcome drone collision risk?


    ​As of January this year, there had been just seven reported collisions between drones and manned aircraft globally, none of which were in the UK.

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    OPINION: Interjet's sweet SSJ100 deal turns sour


    ​Mexican airline Interjet's attempt to step back from remarks that it is considering selling its Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet is the latest development in a five-year-long service history that has been marked by operational challenges.

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    OPINION: Air France-KLM bucks the nativist trend


    In a world where inward-looking political sensibilities are zeitgeist, the appointment of Canadian national Ben Smith as the new chief executive of Air France-KLM was a welcome surprise.

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    OPINION: Does US Air Force need a Loyal Wingman?


    Think of contemporary military might, and in all likelihood a list would rank the USA as flying way clear of any rival power – but Washington's dominance is increasingly being challenged by China and Russia.

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    OPINION: FlightGlobal Top 100 is a difficult club to join


    ​Its stalwarts range from household names on whose products much of the world’s population regularly travels to manufacturers of highly specialised equipment from passenger seats to cockpit controls. FlightGlobal’s ranking of the biggest 100 businesses in aerospace is a club that rarely admits new members or dramatically changes its hierarchy.

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    OPINION: Pilot shortage has no easy solution


    ​As the aviation industry well knows, downturns have unexpected long-term consequences, beyond the immediate downsizing caused by global recession or other major shock to the system, such as 9/11.

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    OPINION: Mental health issues should be real focus of Horizon probe


    ​On the surface the extraordinary Q400 larceny at Seattle might inevitably seem to be a prelude to new security countermeasures. But it only seems that way.

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    OPINION: Interpretation of airline 'big data' must be objective


    The history of in-flight service is rich with – in some cases apocryphal – tales of carriers removing one peanut or piece of fruit per passenger and consequently saving tens of thousands of dollars a year. Such decisions were straightforward, born of a desire to save money.

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    OPINION: USAF light-attack plans give cause for optimism


    ​Hard and bitter experience entitles the small but vocal community of advocates for buying cheap turboprop-powered attack aircraft to be sceptical, but their time may have finally come.