Flight International, November 2021

This month’s cover story focuses on Emirates president Sir Tim Clark’s optimism about returning travel demand, and his airline’s confidence in the A380, even as the carrier prepares to take the last three production examples of the double-decker type from Airbus.

Don’t miss our report from NBAA’s BACE event in Las Vegas, where Honda Aircraft announced plans to build a 10-seat development of its HondaJet. We also analyse the significance of show absentee Gulfstream’s launch of two new products: the large-cabin G400 and ultra-long-range G800.

Elsewhere this issue, we look at the latest environmental initiatives being pursued by Airbus and Boeing, review China’s technological advances at the Zhuhai air show, and ask whether it is time for aviation to call time on magnetic navigation.

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Emirates’ love affair with the A380 endures: Clark

Even though the final Airbus A380 has rolled off the production line in Toulouse, Emirates Airline – and president Tim Clark – are still madly in love with the superjumbo, as the carrier looks forward to welcoming the last three of the type into the fleet later this year.

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Environment

Shell Rotterdam plant

Boeing sees ‘alignment’ with Airbus on green ambitions despite differing emphasis

While Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury has been promoting the virtues of bringing a clean-sheet, zero-emission narrowbody-sized airliner into service by “around” 2035, Boeing has distanced itself from such ambitions and instead put an emphasis on the role sustainable aviation fuel will play in meeting targets.

Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury

​Could Airbus bring a zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035?

Timelines are incredibly tight, the technology is not there yet, the investment will be colossal, the airport, fuel and related infrastructure is a massive obstacle, but Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes bringing a clean-sheet, zero-emission narrowbody sized airliner into service by “around” 2035 is very doable.

Analysis

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Why Gulfstream’s twin-track approach will heap pressure on rivals

With the simultaneous launch on 4 October of two new business jets – the ultra-long-range G800 and large-cabin G400 – Gulfstream also appears to be targeting twin objectives: to fortify its position at the top end of the market, and to apply still more pressure on its rivals, and Bombardier in particular.

Interview

KinectAir Cassio 330

VoltAero chief Botti details in-service path for hybrid Cassio family

Jean Botti, the founder and chief executive of VoltAero, is juggling design, production, the acquisition of launch customers and investment as his firm pursues an aggressive timeline to bring the all-new Cassio 330, a hybrid-electric, four- to five-seater, ready for service entry by the end of 2023.

True North

Boeing 787 cockpit

Why aviation’s compass is shifting towards True navigation

The aviation sector’s increasingly outdated use of magnetic navigation could be heading for the exit, with Canada championing a Mag2True adjustment, targeted for 2030

Women in aviation

Jane Hoskisson IATA

Why speaking up for diversity drives Jane Hoskisson

As IATA’s head of diversity, Jane Hoskisson champions the airline industry’s standout women – and encourages all carriers to take a more proactive approach to equity and inclusion.