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    News

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

    2020-09-23T12:22:00Z

    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

    2020-09-23T09:23:00Z

    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.

  • Emirates Airline president Tim Clark
    Interview

    Tim Clark in conversation on the rise and rise of Emirates

    2020-09-23T07:33:00Z

    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

    2020-09-23T02:02:00Z

    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

    2020-09-22T14:56:00Z

    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

    2020-09-21T15:34:00Z

    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 ...

  • Lufthansa Airbus A380
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    Lufthansa to mothball entire A380 and A340-600 fleet

    2020-09-21T15:06:00Z

    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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    Interview

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

    2020-09-21T09:35:00Z

    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

    2020-09-21T08:29:00Z

    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

    2020-09-18T23:26:00Z

    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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    Opinion

    Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines

    2020-09-18T09:20:00Z

    ‘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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    Interview

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

    2020-09-16T12:18:00Z

    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

    2020-09-16T11:40:00Z

    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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    Analysis

    Top 100 aerospace companies ranked by revenue

    2020-09-15T12:03:00Z

    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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    Analysis

    Wild weekend offers, domestic tourism power China airline recovery

    2020-09-15T05:54:00Z

    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 ...

  • Airbus delivery line-up Toulouse A330 A350 tails 2019
    Analysis

    Mainline deliveries could exceed 700 in 2020 and rise next year

    2020-09-14T13:54:00Z

    With a little over three months left of 2020, it is remains far from clear what the industry’s mainline jet delivery total will be for the year, amid uncertainty over the pace of the recovery and the availability of finance. Adding to the confusing picture is the likely timing of the Boeing 737 Max’s return and, if it does get a green light in 2020, how many aircraft will be handed over.

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    Arab-Israeli flight prospects broaden as Oman backs Bahraini diplomatic move

    2020-09-13T09:55:00Z

    Oman’s government has welcomed the decision by Bahrain’s leadership to establish full normalisation of diplomatic relations with the state of Israel – potentially allowing a further expansion of Israeli-Arab air services. Bahrain is the second Arab nation within a month to reach such a decision, and the support of ...

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    Crew’s late escape from icing preceded serious ATR 72 upset

    2020-09-11T12:40:00Z

    Norwegian investigators have disclosed that an ATR 72-600 suffered a serious loss of control, with excessive wing bank, as its crew belatedly attempted to escape from icing conditions during a domestic Bergen-Alesund service. The inquiry into the incident – involving a Jet Time flight for SAS on 14 November ...

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    Analysis

    The magic number that makes electric flight viable

    2020-09-11T09:42:00Z

    Today’s attempts to fly on battery power rely on the same Lithium-ion technology that powers cells phones and automobiles; it can work, but to really get off the ground aviation will need a new generation of energy storage technology

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    RAM 737 carried out long, high-speed take-off after call-out hitch

    2020-09-11T07:11:00Z

    UK investigators have found that a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 lifted off from London Gatwick at nearly 200kt, and close to the end of the runway, after the crew did not receive automatic speed call-outs during the take-off roll. The crew of the aircraft (CN-RGJ), bound for Casablanca ...