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Arpingstone Article

Fifty facts about Concorde

It did 250mph at take-off, 17 miles to the gallon per passenger – and once had to fly a haggis to Bahrain…

A380 Article

The 5 Reasons Why The Airbus A380 Is On The Way Out 

It was technical masterpiece that both pilot and passenger loved, but it didn’t do what any commercial venture needs to: make money. Thomas Haynes details why one of Airbus’ largest gambles hasn’t paid off.

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying the X-59 QueSST

In the second of a series of exclusive videos, Key.Aero speaks with Lockheed Martin's resident test pilot, Dan "Dog" Canin, who will be one of the few pilots to fly the X-59 QueSST low-boom demonstrator.

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Prioritising safety in unmanned aircraft system traffic management

Drones are proliferating throughout the world’s airspace, making them impossible to ignore. As their numbers rise, the importance of finding a way for them to safely coexist with manned aircraft is growing increasingly urgent.

Airbus A300 Article

How Airbus struggled to sell its first aircraft

Half a century on from Airbus Industrie’s founding, Key.Aero recounts the airframer’s first steps on its road to the top and speaks with Barbara Kracht, a 35-year Airbus veteran to find out how the venture nearly failed at the first hurdle

JetBlue A220 Article

VIDEO: Exclusive guided tour of JetBlue’s new A220 cabin

Ahead of beginning services with the new jet in the spring, Key.Aero meets Mariya Stoyanova, the airline’s director of product development who provides a tour of the aircraft’s brand-new cabin

777 in-flight Article

VIDEO: Flight schools fight back against gloomy pilot jobs outlook

Last month, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) effectively told prospective pilots not to bother training because of COVID-19’s impact on the aviation industry. Key.Aero spoke to four flight schools to find out why they feel very differently…

Scott Article

VIDEO: Former airline pilot Scott Birrell's incredible first flying job

Former airline pilot and author, Scott Birrell details his unbelievable endeavours while assisting in the recovery of five Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Entebbe Airport in Africa

Boeing Article

Why did a 787 fly above 1,000 microphones 88 times?

Over an eight-day period, Boeing flew a Dreamliner with more than 200 acoustic sensors attached to it over a set of ground-based microphones 88 times. Here’s why…

Heathrow Airports Limited Article

What’s it like flying during COVID-19?

From getting through security to boarding the aircraft, we got on a flight from London Luton to Palermo to see how Coronavirus has affected the aviation experience

Gatwick Airport Article

Big airline industry trends for 2021 – Part 2

Exclusive: In the second part of a special series, Kevin O’Toole, chief strategy officer at Cirium, tells Key.Aero about the major shifts and developments you should be watching for this year

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Are Airports the Next Smart Cities?

Airports globally are recognized as being similar to smart cities, as they focus on delivering improvements to operations, sustainability, experience and business vitality.

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Loganair boss on being the UK's largest regional airline

Last March, Loganair assumed the position of Britain’s largest regional carrier. In the third part of our exclusive interview with Jonathan Hinkles, the firm’s chief executive, Key.Aero finds out how the Scottish carrier plans to break the mould created by those who have previously held the title

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The complete guide to aircraft values in 2021: narrowbodies

The slump in air travel over the last year has understandably caused the values of commercial aircraft to take a hit. Key.Aero speaks with Mike Yeomans from aviation consultancy IBA about the state of the narrowbody market