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    In depth

    Analysts warn of Boeing talent drain, question company’s long-term strategy


    A cadre of departing mid-level Boeing staff has raised questions about whether the company could find itself short of critical expertise needed to advance future commercial aircraft programmes, say aerospace experts.

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    FAA head Dickson to pilot the 737 Max next week


    The FAA has told US lawmakers that administrator Steve Dickson will pilot the Boeing 737 Max next week ahead of a potential ungrounding of the beleaguered aircraft.

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    Sniffer dogs to detect coronavirus begin Helsinki airport trial


    Research indicating that dogs are capable of detecting evidence of coronavirus infection is being tested in a practical sense at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The University of Helsink has studied the use of dogs in coronavirus testing and a Finnish organisation called Wise Nose specialising in sniffer-dog training, has started large-scale ...

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    A380 fan-hub disintegration traced to misunderstood ‘cold dwell’ fatigue


    French investigators have traced the serious engine failure involving an Air France Airbus A380 over Greenland to a phenomenon known as ‘cold dwell’ fatigue, which had caused a failure in a fan hub slot which houses the root of the fan blade. The analysis by investigation authority BEA closes ...

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    ZeroAvia conducts pioneering flight with hydrogen-electric M350


    Alternative-fuel innovation company ZeroAvia is claiming to have achieved the world’s first flight of a hydrogen-electric commercial passenger aircraft, with its retrofitted Piper M350. The aircraft – under previous registration N866LP – had already been used to conduct a commercial-scale battery-electric flight in June. But ZeroAvia says it ...

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    UK pilots seek assurance on sensor and trim aspects of 737 Max redesign


    UK cockpit crew representatives are seeking assurances on several aspects of the Boeing 737 Max’s redesign, including scenarios relating to the angle-of-attack sensors and the potential need for two pilots to turn the trim wheel if the jet is out of trim. Pilots union BALPA has formally responded to ...

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    In depth

    Where the airline industry was when the music stopped


    Another year of strong profit and traffic growth in 2019 for leading carriers illustrates the highs the industry had reached before the coronavirus pandemic, but offered no warning of the crisis to come that has pushed airlines to the brink.

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    Tim Clark in conversation on the rise and rise of Emirates


    As Emirates Airline president and founding father Tim Clark prepares to step aside, he reflects in this FlightGlobal video interview on more than three decades at the sharp end of Dubai’s flag carrier.

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    American Airlines pilots to begin 737 Max training in November


    American Airlines’ pilots will begin 737 Max “special training” in November in preparation for the jet’s return to service, with the company’s entire complement of 737 pilots expected to complete the reviews by January 2021.

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    Crisis diminishes cross-border merger prospects: IAG ex-chief Walsh


    Former IAG chief executive Willie Walsh believes the prospects for greater cross-border merger freedom have receded in the wake of the air transport crisis, because governments are more likely to act to protect airlines. Speaking at a Eurocontrol event on 22 September, Walsh said he expected consolidation in the ...

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    Airbus turns to hydrogen as energy promise of batteries fades


    Airbus is backing away from battery power in favour of pursuing hydrogen as a primary propulsion source for future aircraft development, over concerns that battery technology will not advance quickly enough to adapt to large airliners. The airframer has unveiled three conceptual designs – two based on conventional turboprop ...

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    Lufthansa to mothball entire A380 and A340-600 fleet


    Lufthansa Group will put all of its Airbus A380s and 10 of its A340-600s into long-term storage, only to be reactivated in the event of an “unexpectedly rapid market recovery”, and will permanently remove the remainder of its A340-600 fleet from service.

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    RwandAir chief Makolo on recovery, Qatar and pan-African aims


    The Covid crisis may have created numerous immediate challenges, but RwandAir chief Yvonne Makolo says the carrier has many reasons for optimism about its long-term future

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    Airbus shows off hydrogen-fuelled concept aircraft for 2035 service entry


    Airbus has unveiled conceptual designs for a potential zero-emission commercial aircraft, which it believes could be developed for service entry in the next 15 years. All three of the preliminary designs – branded as ‘ZEROe’ aircraft – would use hydrogen as the main power source. Source: ...

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    Can passengers evacuate jets in 90sec? US government report urges FAA to find out


    Citing changed passenger demographics and behavior, as well as more seats in aircraft and concerns about carry-on luggage, a US government report urges the Federal Aviation Administration to review whether passengers really can evacuate a packed airliner in the required 90sec.

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    Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines


    ‘Flights to Nowhere’ are smart public relations for Asia-Pacific airlines, but that such flights are even under consideration underlines the immense challenges they face. Reports recently emerged that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering what local reports refer to as ’Flights to Nowhere,’ whereby passengers board in Singapore, fly around ...

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    The former US Air Force Secretary leading the push for more women to take flight


    In the first of a new monthly series profiling women who are making a mark on aviation and aerospace, we meet Heather Wilson, pilot, former US Air Force Secretary and one-time member of Congress, who is now heading a government-backed initiative to encourage female participation in the industry

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    In depth

    How widebodies caused a revolution in aviation


    Air transport entered a new era half a century ago when airframers created a step-change in size and capacity with the first generation of twin-aisles, of which the Boeing 747 was only the first. 9,683 The number of widebody airliners delivered globally, according to Cirium fleets data ...

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    Top 100 aerospace companies ranked by revenue


    Our latest annual industry league table, based on financial figures from before the coronavirus pandemic struck, reflects Boeing’s existing 737 Max troubles, the impact of mergers and acquisitions, and some signs that growth was flattening ahead of the latest crisis

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    Wild weekend offers, domestic tourism power China airline recovery


    As countries around the world start to tap on domestic travel as a means of reviving economies battered by the coronavirus pandemic, one major economy has gone full steam ahead with its domestic recovery. In recent months, Chinese carriers have doubled down on domestic air travel efforts, touting discount ...