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No, we still don’t have a Boeing 797 despite all the hype

No, we still don’t have a Boeing 797 despite all the hype

Ben Sandilands June 22, 2017 24 Comments

Boeing's vague 797 ambitions may reflect uncertainty among airlines as to what they really want such a jet to do

Airbus A380 ‘Plus’ adds seats or range, cuts flight costs

Airbus A380 ‘Plus’ adds seats or range, cuts flight costs

Ben Sandilands June 19, 2017 24 Comments

Airbus shows off an easier way to get more passengers per plane than by jamming their thigh bones together

Boeing posts a stunning curtain raiser to Paris Air Show

Boeing posts a stunning curtain raiser to Paris Air Show

Ben Sandilands June 12, 2015 9 Comments

Got a few spare minutes?  Go here to see a superb YouTube of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rehearsing all the right moves for next week’s Paris Air Show.

Paris 2013: The last original for a long time flys by

Paris 2013: The last original for a long time flys by

Ben Sandilands June 21, 2013 4 Comments

The Airbus A350, the last all new large new airliner to be seen for a long time coming,  has made a debut fly past at the Paris Air Show. Despite the cloudy conditions the images posted on line are evocative of a signpost event for aviation in this new century.

Paris 2013: Will Day 2 be more exciting?

Ben Sandilands June 18, 2013 2 Comments

Despite some interesting developments, like the leasing deal for A380s, and Embraer’s response to Bombardier’s new small jet airliner, day one of the Paris Air Show, as seen from afar, and with dry feet, was a bit underwhelming.

The day the Red Star fell to earth at Le Bourget

The day the Red Star fell to earth at Le Bourget

Ben Sandilands June 16, 2013 20 Comments

There was a flying contest at Le Bourget north of Paris 40 years ago between the dueling supersonic airliners, the Concorde, and the Soviet Union’s TU-144.

Paris 2013 and the battle of the unflown, unknown jets

Paris 2013 and the battle of the unflown, unknown jets

Ben Sandilands May 28, 2013 7 Comments

Airbus and Boeing circle each other at the Paris Air Show with airliners that won't fly for many years.

EADS vision of an ElectroLiner

EADS vision of an ElectroLiner

Ben Sandilands June 27, 2011 4 Comments

Although it was swept aside at the Paris Air Show last week by the torrent of orders for the Airbus A320NEO, the manufacturer’s owner EADS’ proposal for an all-electric airliner may be what replaces them in the 2030s. This is the first plan for a completely electric large airliner. It is powered by what EADS […]

Why the ‘future’ for new jets keeps getting put off

Why the ‘future’ for new jets keeps getting put off

Ben Sandilands April 13, 2011

These are looking like very lean times for new airliner designs,  so far as Airbus and Boeing are concerned. Consider this latest note from aerospace consultancy, Leeham, which has a sound record in picking up shifts in strategy by the manufacturers and designers, as well as trends in product demand. The summary of the Leeham […]

The Past-The A300 makes its demo debut at Le Bourget 1973

The Past-The A300 makes its demo debut at Le Bourget 1973

Ben Sandilands June 11, 2009 2 Comments

On 29 May, 40 years after Airbus was founded, Plane Talking recounted the demonstration flight debut of its original airliner, the A300 at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget in 1973. The first officer seat for much of the flight was taken by US Republican presidential hopeful and experienced pilot Senator Barry Goldwater while […]

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

Ben Sandilands May 29, 2009 3 Comments

Forty years ago today the agreement that launched the Airbus A300 was signed at the 1969 Paris Air Show. Coming during massive focus on the approaching Apollo 11 moon mission, and one year after France and West Germany were adjusting to the aftermath of the student riots the concept of a pan European aerospace entity […]