Flight International, April 2024

Embraer was among the winners as American Airlines announced combined commitments for 260 new aircraft, including 90 examples of its E175 regional jet: our cover choice this issue. Airbus and Boeing will supply the rest.

Meanwhile, with Boeing under sustained pressure to resolve quality control during production of its 737 Max narrowbody, could buying key supplier Spirit AeroSystems be an answer to its problems?

Also this month, we report from what was a bumper Heli-Expo gathering in Anaheim, and the DIMDEX exhibition in Doha. And we hear from Leonardo chief executive Roberto Cingolani, who launched the company’s new industrial plan in Rome.

Our defence special report looks at the rapid rise of Collaborative Combat Aircraft, the V-22’s operational return, and assesses the rationale for the US Army’s combat helicopter rethink. Plus, an environment focus, covering Australian innovation and Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander.

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Flight International cover April 2024

Cover story

American Airlines Airbus A321neo

American Airlines orders 260 narrowbody and regional jets in huge boost to fleet plan


American Airlines has placed orders for 260 new aircraft, including those produced by Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, with deliveries expected to begin later this decade. 

Lead story

Jennifer Homendy NTSB

NTSB chair slams Boeing for failing to supply information about failed door plug


The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has slammed Boeing for failing to provide investigators with basic information as part of the agency’s inquiry into the 5 January in-flight failure of a 737 Max 9’s door plug.



US Air Force cuts fighter acquisition goals for 2025


In its fiscal year 2025 budget request, the US Air Force reveals it plans to acquire fewer F-15EXs, temporarily slow the pace of F-35 purchases and spend billions of dollars developing a sixth-generation fighter and autonomous jets to support the new platform.


Bell and Leonardo team up for military tiltrotor push including NGRC study work


Bell and Leonardo Helicopters are to work together to explore future military opportunities for tiltrotor technologies – dashing Airbus Helicopters’ hopes of an alliance with its European counterpart for an upcoming NATO contract.

Spirit AeroSystems UK factory

Boeing confirms it is in talks to acquire Spirit but analysts are sceptical


Boeing confirms it has interest in acquiring 737 fuselage maker Spirit AeroSystems, a move some industry experts think could help the US aircraft manufacturer finally address troubles at its largest supplier.

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Comic-loving Cingolani outlines Leonardo’s reinvention to meet changed security outlook


New chief executive details Italian aerospace and defence giant’s strategy for the next five years as it seeks to transform in the face of rising global instability and spearhead evolution in European industry.


Robinson Helicopter looks outside the family for latest CEO pick

By and Anaheim

Robinson Helicopter (RHC) has appointed David Smith as its new president and chief executive, becoming the first leader in the airframer’s 50-year history not to bear the family name.

Mojave over Prince of Wales deck

Uncrewed systems will be vital for maintaining UK combat mass, MoD says


The increased future use of uncrewed systems will provide the UK’s military with vital operational capability and increased combat mass, according to its newly published Defence Drone Strategy.

PIA A320 crash title-c-AAIB Pakistan

PIA A320 crew idled only operating engine during go-around after gear-up touchdown


Pilots of the Airbus A320 involved in the gear-up touchdown at Karachi subsequently idled the only engine which was delivering power during the ill-fated attempt to execute a go-around.

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Boeing Airpower Teaming System Loyal Wingman

Additional US manufacturers join USAF autonomous fighter effort


Three additional aerospace manufacturers – Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – have confirmed they will participate in a US Air Force effort to develop autonomous fighter jets known as collaborative combat aircraft.

MV-22 USMC Osprey Darwin Australia

Pentagon to resume Osprey flights, despite unanswered questions around fatal crash


Although the US military now knows what caused the fatal crash of a Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor last November, the airworthiness authority for the type still does not know why the deadly failure occurred, even as it plans to restart flight operations.

Russian Ka-52s

How combat helicopter losses in Ukraine brought down US Army’s FARA strategy


Washington is renewing its investment in current rotorcraft platforms instead of funding a high-speed armed scout – but do lessons from the war in Ukraine support its decision?


Grands Espaces - Airlander

Eco-tourism operator Grands Espaces reserves early Airlander 10


Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has announced a “reservation agreement” with French eco-tourism company Grands Espaces that will likely see it take one of the first three Airlander 10s off the production line.

Stralis Clyde

How plans for sustainable aviation are ramping up in Australia


In the corner of a hangar on the edge of Brisbane Airport, a wingless Beech Bonanza called Clyde has become a key enabler of zero emission flight.

Women in aviation

Sabina Mohammadi, CEO of American Infrastructure Development

In depth

How airport infrastructure company chief Sabina Mohammadi built a career in aerospace


A BOAC flight in 1969 ignited Sabina Mohammadi’s love for aviation – a passion that led her to become a private pilot and to launch American Infrastructure Development (AID), a growing, 20-employee Tampa-based firm that assists airports with infrastructure projects.