May 25, 2015

FLYING THE A350

Balanced Performer

TOP-PERFORMING AIRLINES

Small Planes, Big Profits

PARIS 2015 PREVIEW

Work in Progress

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FLYING THE A350

Balanced Performer

Passenger comfort, operating economics and systems safety are all part of the appeal of Airbus’s new big twin

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TOP-PERFORMING AIRLINES

Small Planes, Big Profits

Narrowbody operators shine in Aviation Week’s latest airline rankings

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PARIS 2015 PREVIEW

Work in Progress

Manufacturers focus on program execution, supplier and production issues rather than new orders ahead of air show

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Brakes Set

Major carriers in Europe and the U.S. are impeding progress of industry-wide liberalization

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SPACE

Tank Technology

Fabrication issues remain for lightweight cryotanks

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TOP-PERFORMING AIRLINES

Ryanair, Alaska, Allegiant and Copa Are Among Tpa’s Top-rated Airlines Due to Smart Management Team

Ryanair has overtaken EasyJet as the highest-ranking European airline this year, as well as being second in the large-airlines category. The carrier managed to increase its Total Score by 7.5 points, also making it the most improved in Europe airlines.
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First Takes

France, Germany and Italy have formally agreed to launch studies that could lead to development of a European medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft for delivery in the early to mid-2020s. Airbus Defense & Space in Germany is to lead a two-year, €60 million ($68 million) definition study with France’s Dassault and Italy’s Finmeccanica (page 25).
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SPACE

Options Open?

Without a ride on forthcoming Vulcan, Aerojet Rocketdyne examines buying Atlas V rights

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TECHNOLOGY

Anatomy of An Airlander

Hybrid airship design reveals innovative systems and materials

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Capacity Questions

American Airlines is concerned that its competitors are growing faster than they should

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