Flight International, October 2021

In this month’s issue, we mark the 10th anniversary of the 787’s entry into commercial service. More than 1,000 Dreamliners have now been delivered, but with a slump in widebody demand and recent production snags threatening to hurt Boeing’s backlog, we ask whether the company can revive its early magic with the transformational twinjet.

As business aviation industry leaders head for Las Vegas for their first NBAA gathering in two years, our show preview checks the health of the sector – from increasingly in-demand ultra-long-range jets to advanced air mobility ambitions, and efforts to reduce the event’s environmental impact. Plus, we interview Bombardier chief executive Eric Martel, and fly Cirrus Aircraft’s new Vision Jet G2+ model, with Garmin’s Autoland technology aboard.

Elsewhere this issue, we have a pilot training special looking at recruitment demand, and report on the UK Royal Air Force’s preparations ahead of introducing the remotely-piloted Protector, along with Airbus’s long-awaited first export sale of the A400M Atlas, to Kazakhstan.

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Cover story

ANA's first 787 arrives at Tokyo in September 2011

Ten years since service start, has the 787 delivered Boeing’s promises?

With its manufacturing innovation and use of a global supply chain, the 787 has been a big sales success. But its first 10 years of service have also represented a major learning curve for Boeing.

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Interview

Learjet_75_Liberty_cr Bombardier

Bombardier chief talks ‘options’ for next clean-sheet aircraft as transformation wraps up

CEO Martel declines to specify where Bombardier might next deploy its impressive engineering heft but says the company is evaluating several potential new jets.

German air force A400M

New Airbus military aircraft chief bullish on A400M, MRTT prospects

Airbus Defence & Space has hailed the performance of its A400M Atlas and A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) with customer air forces during the major airlift which rescued coalition nationals and Afghan civilians from Kabul last month.

Analysis

MQ-9B SeaGuardian over RAF Waddington

How UK plans to lead the way with Reaper successor

The UK Royal Air Force has laid out its ambition to be at the forefront of international operations with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted air system, after signing Belgium as its first training partner for the type.

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Air India Express 737 crash captain did not respond to go-around call

Investigators have revealed that the first officer of an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 unsuccessfully tried to convince the captain to abort an unstable second approach to Kozhikode before the jet landed long in a tailwind and fatally overran.

NBAA

NBAA 2019

Betting on BACE

Despite worries about the pandemic’s effect on attendance, this year’s business aviation event in Las Vegas will cater for a booming sector awaiting a number of potentially disruptive developments.

Vision Jet G2+

Cirrus delivers with latest Vision of success

Having already impressed with earlier versions of its SF50 Vision Jet, Cirrus has again raised the bar with the newly available G2+ model, offering enhanced performance and new safety features.

NBAA 2019 panorama

Environmental focus takes centre stage for NBAA

The business aviation industry will use this year’s gathering to take stock of its sustainability credentials at a show expected to place more emphasis on the environment than ever before.

Falcon10X

Why ultra-long-range jets have become big business

Covid-19 may be making long-haul travel difficult, but demand for the biggest business jets is rising. And with three new entrants to the market, competition is heating up in this profitable segment.

XTI Aircraft's TriFan concept

Air taxi investment booms, but could ‘bubble’ burst?

Air taxi developers have been buoyed by major recent investments in their advanced air mobility projects, but now the hard work begins on the path to achieving certification and service entry.

Training and development

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Covid-19 and Brexit a double hit for jobless UK flightcrew

The country’s job-seeking pilots have arguably been impacted greater by the crisis than their cross-Channel counterparts, a combination of tough travel rules putting a brake on recovery, and their licences no longer being recognised within the EU.

Pilots in airport terminal

US airlines recruit to beat pilot ‘re-shortage’

A year and a half after Covid-19 wiped out the pilot shortage, the industry is once again wondering where it will find the flight crew to accommodate the rapid, uneven rebound to pre-pandemic levels and beyond.

Women in aviation

Nicole as First Officer (II)

Scoot first officer Nicole Chee’s winding path to a 787 cockpit

Scoot first officer Nicole Chee always had a passion for aviation, but it was only the disappearance of a single word from a job advertisement that opened the path to the right-hand seat of a Boeing 787.