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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

This week on Key.Aero we present a range of articles on the groundbreaking Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A range of innovations has helped the Dreamliner secure a huge number of orders and the aircraft has been an undoubted success for Boeing.

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Historic

Operation Firedog: Last of the Hornets

A pictorial tribute to the last RAF piston-engined fighters in front line service

Moth Minor Miracle

Craig P Justo describes the rebirth of Australian Mark Carr’s superb DH.94

The incredible engineering of the DH.88 Comet

Just 14 years after de Havilland was founded, they made a wooden aircraft that flew from England to Melbourne in just over 70 hours. As this video shows, the design was a thing of beauty.

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

De Havilland started the 1930s with a reliable training aircraft that would have military use right until the end of the ’50s.

Tiger Moth pilots used bricks for bomb training!

It was an unlikely way to prepare a pilot for combat – and, as this video shows – it didn’t quite have the desired outcome…

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In pictures: MiG-21 action at Croatia’s Zagreb-Pleso

Chris Lofting caught up with some MiG-21 action in the winter sun at Croatia’s Zagreb-Pleso in January

Flying different variants of the F-111

In the second part of our interview with Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) he details his flying career and the main differences between variants of F-111

US to send F-35s, AH-64s and troops to bolster NATO’s eastern flank

The US announced on February 22 that it will further bolster the defence of NATO’s eastern flank with additional European-based troops, F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

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Commercial

Qantas Places Project Sunrise on Hold

Australian flag carrier Qantas has shelved its plan to launch a series of new record-breaking nonstop routes and will review its international fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel.

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic Announces Radical Survival Plan

Virgin Atlantic has revealed plans to cut up to a third of its workforce, ground its Boeing 747s immediately and close its Gatwick base as the airline scales back its operations in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Norwegian Shareholders Approve Rescue Plan

Investors of the embattled carrier Norwegian Air have voted in favour of a plan which will see the airline convert its debt to equity in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 crisis. The approval will also unlock the rest of a NOK 3bn (£230m) bailout package from the Norwegian government.

Which Aircraft is Leaving Air Canada with Immediate Effect?

In a bid to reduce its costs, Air Canada is accelerating the retirement of 79 older aircraft from its fleet including the Boeing 767, Airbus A319 and Embraer E190, with the latter exiting immediately. The decision comes as the flag carrier revealed a C$1bn (£599m) net loss for the first quarter, compared to a C$345m (£197m) profit for the same period last year.

Coronavirus: Airbus Confirms New Cargo Pallet System

European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus is developing a conversion system that will allow freight pallets to be installed on the cabin floor of the A330 and A350 widebody passenger aircraft. The solution will enable airlines to mount cargo shipments to the seat tracks following the removal of the economy-class seats.

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Flight Simulation

PC Pilot Issue 124 Preview

The new November/December issue of PC Pilot has finally arrived, and as usual it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

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Challenging Airports - Akureyri (BIAR)

On this instalment of the Challenging Airports series, having wound our way around the globe, two years later we find ourselves revisiting Iceland.

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Just Flight’s PA-28R Turbo Arrow III & IV

Another pair of classic Pipers from...

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