Editorial opinion – Page 13

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    OPINION: Business aviation must accept new normal


    ​Finally, it seems, some good news in business jets; a decade on from the financial crisis, sales look to be firming up. It is of course no surprise that the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression should have wiped out a nascent air taxi industry. Nor is it ...

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    OPINION: Latest WTO ruling should be a catalyst for change


    ​In an increasingly imaginary ideal world filled with rational attorneys, reasonable industry leaders and responsible politicians, the entire dispute between Airbus and Boeing at the World Trade Organization that has dragged on for 14 years and now threatens to further expand a growing rift between the EU and USA could ...

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    OPINION: Disruptive Norwegian facing its own upset


    ​Fox hunting, as Oscar Wilde characterised it, was the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.

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    OPINION: Trump's foreign policy pledges should worry Boeing


    ​Airbus and Boeing are not victims of the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from a nearly three-year-old agreement with Iran.

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    OPINION: Aviation will muddle through capacity growth


    ​One way to summarise aviation history is to trace two eras of development. Era 1 was about invention and technology; flight itself, all-metal structures, pressurisation and jets made for useful range, payload and speed. Era 2 has been marked by politics; starting with deregulation in the 1970s, rising wealth and ...

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    OPINION: Max success poses challenge for Poseidon


    ​For many nations, the ability to perform effective maritime surveillance from the air is an essential requirement, and one that is likely to become even more critical where territorial disputes risk flaring up, such as in parts of the Asia-Pacific region.

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    OPINION: Higher narrowbody rates are inevitable, but come at a cost


    ​Suppliers can call it “crazy” to even discuss right now (and they have a point), but it is inevitable: single-aisle production rates for Airbus and Boeing will continue to grow.

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    OPINION: Franco-German fighter pact promises much


    ​World events can be so confusing. One day, French President Emmanuel Macron is engaging in high-profile – and surprisingly tactile – meetings with his US counterpart Donald Trump, and the very next, the defence industry champions of Berlin and Paris have gone all protectionist.

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    OPINION: Making safety briefings stick is new challenge


    ​Social media’s ubiquity has provided some extraordinary insights into the way passengers behave during an emergency – to the point where cabin crew must wonder why they bother with pre-flight demonstrations.

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    OPINION: US defence contractors face battle on home front


    ​Boeing and Lockheed Martin are locked in a high-stakes stand-off over costs with the US military.

  • Biometrics

    OPINION: On biometric data, air travel must heed Facebook lessons


    ​There is no doubt that biometric tokens have the potential to fundamentally change the travel experience for passengers – for the better, in many cases.

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    OPINION: A330neo faces uphill battle in USA


    ​American Airlines’ decision to opt for the Boeing 787 and ditch a stagnant order for Airbus A350s is something of an equaliser in terms of the three US majors’ recent long-haul fleet decisions.

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    OPINION: Boeing backing is vote of confidence in Reaction


    ​For Britain’s storied but oft-embattled high-technology community there was good news last week, in another vote of confidence for Reaction Engines, the Oxfordshire engineering firm developing a radical air-breathing rocket engine that enthusiasts have billed as a “new Whittle moment” – harking back to the 1930s and Frank Whittle’s invention ...

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    OPINION: Has the glamour gone out of aviation?


    ​As our special Training and Development Guide observes, the aviation enthusiasts who tend to run the sector may struggle to understand that, nowadays, hordes of talented young people are not beating down the doors to land jobs in their industry. Recruitment is a challenge, even for exotic, glamorous and desirable ...

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    OPINION: Can Embraer maintain rhythm with Boeing pact?


    ​Embraer has, believe it or not, its own anthem. The lyrics talk about how Brazil’s aerospace industry is a vital part of defending the homeland: its blue sky, the emerald green forests and the Amazon river.

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    ​OPINION: Brexit offers no upsides to airlines or passengers


    Since 52% of voters opted for Brexit nearly two years ago, the UK's government and regulators have been beset by multiple headaches.

  • FIrst A320 production line

    OPINION: A320 has repaid faith of Airbus - and governments


    ​There has been a lot of buzz around the single-aisle sector recently, with several significant production milestones following one after another.

  • Qantas 787-9

    OPINION: New Kangaroo Route could put spring in Qantas's step


    ​Nostalgia for the post-war Kangaroo Route – flown in multiple leaps on Lockheed Constellations – and chief executive’s Alan Joyce’s eloquence about “breaking the tyranny of distance” ensured the debut of Qantas’s direct service from Perth to London gained arguably more global media coverage than the launch of even longer ...

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    OPINION: Continued EASA membership is vital for UK aerospace


    To put it bluntly, whatever the rights and wrongs of Brexit, leaving the European Aviation Safety Agency as well as the EU would be an act of supreme folly for the UK.

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    OPINION: Boeing must heed 787 lessons for NMA success


    Boeing's annual report for 2004 – the year the 787 programme was launched – reads like a time capsule of a very different company. That year the manufacturer reported a "strong" net cash flow, totalling $3.5 billion. Operating margins had "improved" significantly compared with 2003, rising to 3.8% of operating ...