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Details of a large Chinese order for Boeing 737s and the Airbus A320 family. The first Harrier GR.9 to be delivered to a front-line RAF squadron and news of a purchase by Cathay Pacific Airways for more airbus A330s and Boeing 777s.

AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - WIN A PENTAX *ist DL DIGITAL CAMERA WITH AN 18-55mm LENS, PLUS 50-200 mm LENS, PLUS A SIGNED EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON PHOTOGRAPH BY GEOFF LEE. SEE AIR INTERNATIONAL JANUARY ISSUE FOR OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM.
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ZURICH AIRPORT - BOUNCING BACK
Switzerland’s Zurich Airport has been faced with some major challenges in recent years, none more so that the collapse of Swissair. Dino Carrara examines the airport’s recent developments aimed at increasing traffic.

CUTAWAY FEATURE:
ANTONOV An-22 – A VENERABLE GIANT
Antonov’s An-22 has set a number of world records for carrying heavy loads. Yefim Gordon with Dmitriy and Sergei Komissarov describe the development and career of this propeller-driven leviathan.

AIRBLUE - A NEW HIGH FLYER FROM PAKISTAN
Sebastian Schmitz discovers that airblue has expanded rapidly and is now planning the launch of its first long-haul destinations to the UK.

DIGITAL PHOTOGUIDE - PART NINE
In the last of this series for aviation photographers, Kim Fullbrook looks at the equipment and techniques needed to make good-quality, long lasting prints.

EUROPEAN FALCONS OVER AFGHANISTAN
Among the air assets available to the International Security Assistance Force are Dutch and Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcons. Frank Visser visited Afghanistan to find out about their contribution to the Force.

TOMCAT's FAREWELL CRUISE
As the last two Tomcat squadrons fly missions over Iraq from the USS Theodore Rooselvelt, Tanja KÖster and Michael Balter report from the Arabian Gulf on the F-14’s operational swan song.

SEA CHANGE - TRANSFORMING UK CARRIER OPERATIONS
David Hobbs takes an in-depth look at the way the Royal Navy is changing from primarily an anti-submarine force into a maritime strike fleet, and how this is affecting the UK’s carrier-capable aircraft.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE:
ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTINING – PART ONE
In the first of a three part Profile series on the Lightning, Jon Lake charts the development of the ‘pointed fin’ variants.

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