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Snapshot: Lufthansa Cargo's MD-11 retirement

As Lufthansa Cargo closed the book on almost a quarter of a century of McDonnell Douglas MD-11F operations, Vasco Garcia opted for a unique perspective, shooting the historic occasion from a helicopter.

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Paul Richey: Fighter Pilot

If you read last week’s reread feature on Piece of Cake, you’ll be aware that certain elements of Derek Robinson’s novel are said to be inspired by real life characters and events and one book that is often mentioned in the same breath as Piece of Cake is Fighter Pilot, by Paul Richey…

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de Havilland Vampire: A Fangtastic Beast

In the post-Shoreham classic jet age, keeping the last RAF Vampire in the skies is no easy task. James Peene spoke to the Vampire Preservation Group to find out what’s involved

US DOD shows interest in 36 more TH-73A helicopters

The US Department of Defense has announced the award of a $159m firm-fixed price modification to AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp

French bee accepts 480-seat A350

Paris-based French bee has introduced its maiden Airbus A350-1000. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97-equipped widebody, F-HMIX (c/n 539) – leased from Air Lease Corporation – was officially handed over by the European manufacturer on December 17, 2021 having previously made the short delivery hop from Toulouse to French bee’s Paris/Orly base.

UK announce plans to develop joint future fighter engine demonstrator with Japan

The UK and Japan have announced plans to develop a future fighter aircraft engine demonstrator, and sign a memorandum of cooperation to enable future development between the two nations

ULTIMATE Historic Aviation Quiz! Part One

Over Christmas and New Year, we're bringing you an ULTIMATE historic aviation quiz. This week we bring you part one...what will you score?

On board VistaJet's flagship Bombardier Global 7500

Ultra-luxurious air travel remains out of reach for the masses and is often frequented by high-wealth travellers. However, Andreas Spaeth was lucky enough to grab a rare chance to indulge in an unforgettable experience on VistaJet’s flagship Bombardier Global 7500

New Officer Commanding to take BBMF in different direction?

In this second instalment from Key.Aero's chat with new BBMF Officer Commanding, Suggs details his plans, including new paint jobs we can expect to see and maintenance plans for the fleet

First Kuwait Typhoon deliveries

Kuwait has taken delivery of its first two Eurofighter Typhoons. The Tranche 3A aircraft, both twin-seaters, were flown to Kuwait on December 14.

Spain approves acquisition of 20 more Eurofighters

Spain's Council of Ministers gave approval on December 14 for Project Halcón (Falcon), the acquisition of 20 Tranche 4 Eurofighter Typhoons.

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 28

In Episode 28 of The Air Warrior Podcast, the final one before the Christmas and New Year break, we hear from the second part to Airbus’ facility in Spain to learn more on the company’s activities and aspirations in the realm of military air-to-air refuelling.

Qatar Airways sues Airbus over A350 problems

Doha-based Qatar Airways has filed legal proceedings against Airbus at the High Court in London over a dispute relating to alleged fuselage surface degradation on some of the carrier’s A350 fleet.

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Why there is hope for air travel recovery in 2022

Current predictions expect steep growth for aviation in 2022; however the reality will depend on the direction of the pandemic. The Cirium team crunches the latest data in our monthly RecoveryWatch report

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Singapore soldiers on

Almost entirely shut off to international traffic since March 2020, only in recent weeks has Singapore started to reopen its borders. Andreas Spaeth travelled to the Lion City to assess the impact on its two largest airlines

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FlyPast Editorial Picks of 2021

In this look back on 2021, Key Aero asked the FlyPast editorial staff for their favourite features from this year's issues of FlyPast magazine

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ESA astronaut: Militarisation of space a concern

The increased militarisation of space is a concern for future international co-operation in the domain, according to a serving European Space Agency astronaut

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 74

Welcome to the 74th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Why the final A380 flew to Dubai via UK airspace

Emirates received its 123rd Airbus A380 on December 16, bringing an end to the 16-year and 251-strong production run for the superjumbo. KeyAero explains why it took an unusual route to its new Dubai home base.

CAE installs synthetic training systems for TFST programme

Canadian training provider CAE has installed the first two Medallion MR e-Series visual display systems for the UK Royal Air Force’s Typhoon Future Synthetic Training programme

BAE Systems to upgrade F-35 EW capabilities

BAE Systems has received a $493m contract modification from Lockheed Martin to upgrade the AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare (EW) system for the F-35 Lightning II

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Air France-KLM CEO on the A220 and fleet renewal

Now boasting a contingent of 12 Airbus A350-900s, Air France is further intensifying its fleet renewal with the A220. But there are many more changes in the pipeline, as Andreas Spaeth reports from Paris

Meet the BBMF's new boss!

Key.Aero bring you the first five in a series of exclusive videos with the new Officer Commanding of the BBMF, Mark 'Suggs' Sugden...

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Airbus and Boeing navigate narrowbody deliveries

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we learn more about the importance of the single-aisle market for the two leading OEMs

Quiz: Airliner recognition

Can you identify these airliners and transport aircraft from their photo? Let us know what score you get!

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