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Logic behind bad decisions underpins Smartwings 737 incident

Although an airline captain’s decision to proceed on a flight from Greece to Prague with just one engine may seem incomprehensible from the outside, his reasoning is likely to be all-too familiar

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Scale of Covid collapse raises questions about what comes next

Consider this: On a Friday in July 2019, 11 airlines operated 66 flights from Washington DC to New York City-area airports. Fast forward: on Friday 17 July, carriers operated just 15 flights on those routes.

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Interview

Aircraft valet Stefan Murphy cleans up in good times and bad

Stefan Murphy is founder and managing director of Up & Away Aviation, a valeting firm for business and commercial aircraft that has reacted swiftly to provide disinfecting services during the pandemic

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News

Dstl nears decision on LANCA flight demonstration for UK

A UK technology programme to demonstrate a so-called “additive capability” for use as part of a future combat air system is advancing on schedule, with an initial one-year phase having concluded in May.

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Analysis

UK keeps Tempest programme on target, despite downturn

As the last decade was nearing an end, the UK unveiled and then expanded an ambitious programme to develop a new class of future combat air systems with the potential to bolster not only its military capability, but also the fortunes of its defence industry.

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Analysis

How Franco-German FCAS could accelerate economic recovery

The award earlier this year of an 18-month initial contract for risk-reduction work on a French-German future combat air system programme has propelled the effort’s industry partners towards launching demonstrator flights from as early as 2026.

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In depth

How coronavirus has turned the freight market on its head

With most passenger flights grounded, urgent demand for cargo is keeping many airlines solvent. Will a continued shortfall of bellyhold capacity spur orders for longer-term passenger-to-freighter solutions?