Editorial opinion – Page 14

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    OPINION: Continued EASA membership is vital for UK aerospace

    2018-03-23T10:51:20Z

    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

    2018-03-23T10:13:48Z

    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 ...

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    OPINION: It may be ageing, but U-2S could be more relevant than ever

    2018-03-19T09:33:03Z

    ​On its first overflight mission of the Soviet Union 62 years ago, the Lockheed U-2 was tracked for the entire mission.

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    OPINION: 737 will be a hard act to follow

    2018-03-16T09:40:34Z

    ​When the first A320 was handed over three ­decades ago this month, few – Airbus included – would have put odds on deliveries reaching 1,000 aircraft, let alone the 8,000-mark recently passed.

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    OPINION: Why Rolls-Royce must hope class is permanent

    2018-03-12T09:19:06Z

    ​Rolls-Royce, so long a byword for engineering ­excellence, is currently struggling to maintain its image as a finely-calibrated machine.

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    OPINION: Airbus to play long game with A330-800

    2018-03-09T11:20:02Z

    On the face of it, the Hawaiian Airlines widebody campaign was Airbus's to lose. It was the incumbent supplier with a powerful presence in the Pacific airline's fleet across both single- and twin-aisle sectors.

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    OPINION: F-35 cost issue is solvable, but needs fixing fast

    2018-03-02T15:28:28Z

    ​Some time in the next several weeks or months, the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme will pass a historic milestone. The system development and demonstration phase that began 17 years ago appears poised – barring any unforeseen showstoppers – to conclude by the end of summer. The aircraft, engine, simulators and ...

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    OPINION: 6X promises much, but Dassault needs customer patience

    2018-03-02T10:39:49Z

    ​Dassault hopes it has finally put the nightmare of its much-delayed and now axed 5X programme ­behind it. By launching a replacement version of the ultra-wide business jet, chief executive Éric Trappier says it will offer something even better.

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    OPINION: C-130J's success gives hope to A400M

    2018-02-23T16:23:16Z

    ​Twenty years ago, Lockheed Martin made its first delivery of a C-130J to launch operator the UK Royal Air Force, following a troubled development and testing programme which was very much at odds with its chosen moniker: “Super Hercules”.

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    OPINION: Qatar Airways must choose wisdom over hubris

    2018-02-23T16:21:14Z

    ​If anyone thought Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker, eight months into a Gulf blockade on the carrier, might choose to adopt a more diplomatic tone while addressing the international press, they must have been barking.

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    OPINION: Are air taxis on a ride to nowhere?

    2018-02-19T09:05:49Z

    ​Don’t waste your money on a new car. Studies on the economics of taxi services built around autonomous electric-powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft – so-called eVTOLs – make compelling ­reading. Basically, cost per passenger mile looks like undercutting helicopter rides by an order of magnitude – and even makes ...

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    OPINION: Why Saratov An-148 loss is cautionary tale

    2018-02-16T15:31:45Z

    Russia's rich literary history includes the short verse Gvozd i Podkova, in which a city falls to invaders because the blacksmith did not have a nail with which to shoe the defending commander's horse.

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    OPINION: Can contract revision rescue A400M?

    2018-02-09T11:08:23Z

    ​One year ago, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders put the future of the company’s flagship military project on the line, by demanding crisis talks with its European customers for the long-troubled A400M.

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    OPINION: Who will lose out in NMA engine battle?

    2018-02-09T11:07:58Z

    ​How long can a duopoly of large commercial aircraft manufacturers sustain a triopoly of engine suppliers? We may find out the answer later this year.

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    OPINION: New boss, new Leonardo?

    2018-02-02T12:29:38Z

    Corporate chiefs are fearful of missing out on the Next Big Thing, of leaving it to bold, visionary rivals to anticipate a future that they themselves were too short-sighted, or too timid, to grasp.

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    OPINION: Is the CSeries ruling a seismic shift?

    2018-02-02T11:57:59Z

    Over the past four months, the competitive landscape in the small-narrowbody jet market has been turned upside down. Bombardier has agreed to give Airbus control of the CSeries programme and open a new final assembly line in Alabama. Boeing is in discussions to construct some kind of combination with Embraer. ...

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    OPINION: X6 delay could be a regret for Airbus Helicopters chief

    2018-01-29T08:43:11Z

    ​For his final annual press conference as head of Airbus Helicopters, Guillaume Faury adopted the Édith Piaf approach, declaring that he had “no regrets” about any aspect of his five-year stint as chief executive.

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    OPINION: ATR in pole position to launch new turboprop – for now

    2018-01-26T08:43:10Z

    ATR is an enviable position: the Airbus-Leonardo joint venture supplies more than three-quarters of the annual demand for regional turboprops, has an order backlog – significantly bolstered in 2017 – equating to around three years of production, and, perhaps most significantly, its sole Western competitor, Bombardier, is currently occupied with ...

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    OPINION: Market looks rosy, but beware the unknown

    2018-01-22T08:55:09Z

    ​If Boeing intended to antagonise Airbus ahead of the annual order tussle, it chose to tweak the European airframer’s most sensitive nerve.

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    OPINION: Leahy leaves lasting legacy with Emirates deal

    2018-01-19T08:59:17Z

    ​Any doubts that the future of Airbus’s flagship product was genuinely under threat were demolished by the blunt assessment from outgoing head salesman John Leahy. If Emirates did not buy more, the A380 programme was finished, he said.