Bring on the show

For the biggest, boldest and most important aerospace industry gathering of the year, what could be more fitting than a flight-test report about one of the most ambitious commercial offerings? We anchor out Farnborough air show special by putting our test pilot in the cockpit of the Airbus A350-1000. Our coverage continues with a data-rich look at the ultra-long-haul travel made possible by the latest developments in airliner design, and trace its roots back to the transatlantic services that marked the start of the jet age six decades ago. We look at the fierce contest in pursuing widebody and narrowbody sales; a possible middle-of-the-market advance; and check the status of multiple development programmes, including Mitsubishi Aircraft's MRJ. And with the Royal Air Force marking its centenary, our cutaway poster includes that most iconic of fighters--the Spitfire--and Today's Typhoon. For the wider industry, we examine the impact of closer ties between Airbus/Bombardier and Boeing/Embraer, and of Trump administration policy on US unmanned air vehicle makers. We also dig into a wave of mergers and acquisitions now reshaping the global aerospace supply chain--and more... Stretched to compete : the 366-440 seat A350-1000 gives Airbus a direct rival to Boeing's hugely successful 777-300ER, with the promise of cash operating cost savings. We put its big twin to the test / Michael Gerzanics -- Going the distance : Qantas is targeting nonstop journeys from Sydney and Melbourne to London, tasking airframers with delivering aircraft that can take passengers on those routes by early 2020s / FlightGlobal reporters -- In the long run : the latest widebody hardware from Airbus and Boeing is enabling airlines to connect increasingly distant city pairs via direct flights, with Singapore Airlines set to recommence in October its Singapore-to-New York service using Airbus A350-900s. Using FlightGlobal data, we detail the world's ultra-long-range routes and the types serving them / Paul Rignall -- A330neo seeks lift : the Airbus twinjet defied expectations and survived market onslaught of Boeing's 787, but Toulouse is now struggling to maintain order momentum for its re-engined widebody / David Kaminski-Morrow -- Widening choice : with Airbus and Boeing dueling for supremacy in the twin-aisle arena, we examine the sales story for the A330neo, 777X and 787 using data from Fight Fleets Analyzer -- Middle or muddle? : Boeing is considering the launch of a new aircraft, already being referred to as the 797, with service entry halfway through the next decade. But will a clean-sheet jet find a keen market? / Richard Evans -- A380 needs a jumpstart : with a new Emirates order for 20 more double deckers underscoring the programme's reliance on one customer, Airbus faces a struggle to build momentum for its flagship / David Kaminski-Morrow -- Brothers in arms : the Supermarine Spitfire and Eurofighter Typhoon have both played a critical role in projecting the UK's air power. Here, we chart the history of the types' development / Craig Hoyle ; cutaway by Tim Bicheno-Brown -- New documentary depicts Spitfire as you have never see (or heard) it before / Dan Thisdell -- Welcome to the family : alliances with Airbus and Boeing could provide a sales boost to Bombardier and Embraer, depending on demand for jets filling the niche between regionals and single-aisles / Jon Hemmerdinger -- Time to get in high gear : Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofans are delivering on fuel-burn promises, but the pace of production has yet to overcome a string of supply chain and design problems / Stephen Trimble -- Big numbers game : as orders for the re-engined A320neo and 737 Max soar past 10,500 aircraft, we call on Flight Fleets Analyzer data to show how the narrowbody market-share battle is shaping up -- Material matters : while the advantages of composites are clear, airframers face major hurdles to adopting them in high-volume production--and all the while, work continues on the metallic alternative / Michael Gubisch -- Sun finally rises on regional newcomer : when the MRJ90 makes its air show flying debut at Farnborough, Mitsubishi Aircraft will be making a clear statement of intent--that after years of costly engineering challenges and a management shake-up, its much-delayed regional jet programme is back on track / Stephen Trimble -- BLADE wings at the cutting edge : reducing drag by eliminating turbulent airflow has been understood in theory for decades; EU-supported work by Airbus and Saab may have brought a practical result within reach / Michael Gubisch -- German team evaluates hybrid laminar flow system -- Thar she blows... : Airbus is readying the BelugaXL, successor to the A300-600ST, for its maiden test flight, as it prepares to deliver the first two of a total of five units to its air transport arm next year / David Kaminski-Morrow -- Lightning storm : Turkey's acquisition of a Russian anti-aircraft system has led US opponents to seek a block on F-35 sales to the country, bringing its participation in the programme into question / Garrett Reim -- Early arrivals thrust UK back into STOVL operators club, as industry ups the pace / Craig Hoyle -- Taking the Agile approach : software is central to the functionality of modern combat aircraft, but development can be slow and costly, so the US Air Force is adopting a method borrowed from the civilian world / Garrett Reim -- Dig deep for defence : as UK government prepares to detail combat air strategy and results of latest strategic review, industry officials must hope that its priorities can be matched with financial muscle / Craig Hoyle -- Drone sales woes : US manufacturers once enjoyed a near-monopoly in unmanned systems, but restrictions on exports of sensitive technology have opened the global market to aggressive rivals / Garrett Reim -- For ITAR cases, red tape says 'Remove before flight' / Garrett Reim -- Good times drive M&A momentum : strong underlying economy, surging demand for air travel and a widespread upturn in defence spending are pushing aerospace industry corporate buyouts to record levels / Dan Thisdell -- When the Atlantic joined the jet set : six decades ago, two rival airlines inaugurated a new era in travel between the UK and USA. Here, we delve into the archives to take a look at Flight's coverage of this major milestone / Max Kingsley-Jones -- Faster, farther, higher flyers : after an initial false dawn with the original de Havilland Comet, by the end of the 1950s the jet airliner was firmly established as the future of air travel. These are some of the key aircraft types that have shaped the development of passenger flying over the decades and transformed the airline industry beyond all recognition.


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  • Features: Illustrations; Maps;
  • Pagination: pages 32-99
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  • Accession Number: 01694766
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University Transportation Library
  • Files: TLIB
  • Created Date: Feb 19 2019 3:58PM