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Clément Charpentreau
Clément Charpentreau
“With the plane, we learned to move in straight lines.” ‒ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Experienced Journalist, having proved his skills in newsrooms across France and Lithuania. Specialized in defense aviation, he also holds a particular interest in the role of the aviation industry in international relations. (Cover picture: Pascal Subtil, Flickr)
Last farewell flyover marks end of RAF Tornado career
Defense
Last farewell flyover marks end of RAF Tornado career

The RAF Panavia Tornado GR4 will be permanently retired from active service in March 2019. As homage to its almost 40 ye...

Flybmi bankruptcy: Loganair takes routes, Ryanair after pilots
Civil Aviation
Flybmi bankruptcy: Loganair takes routes, Ryanair after pilots

Flybmi (formerly BMI Regional), a regional airline based at East Midlands Airport, announced on February 16, 2019, that...

EU clears acquisition of 31% of Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM
Civil Aviation
EU clears acquisition of 31% of Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM

The joint venture of Air France KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic pose no threat to competition within the Europe...

A400M, the other thorn in Airbus’ side
Defense
A400M, the other thorn in Airbus’ side

Presenting the annual results of Airbus Group, CEO Tom Enders gave an update on the A400M program. He announced there wo...

The plot thickens: Ben Smith faces tensions at KLM and Hop!
Civil Aviation
The plot thickens: Ben Smith faces tensions at KLM and Hop!

Tensions are rising within the Air France-KLM group. Employees of KLM are supporting their CEO Pieter Elbers, whose posi...

Spain to join French-German next fighter jet program
Defense
Spain to join French-German next fighter jet program

Spain is about to join France and Germany in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program to develop a new European fight...

Tea emergency: Jet2 flight diverted for lack of hot drinks
Civil Aviation
Tea emergency: Jet2 flight diverted for lack of hot drinks

A Boeing 737 belonging to British low cost charter airline Jet2 was on its way from Glasgow, United Kingdom, to Tenerife...

Drunk American Airlines pilot arrested just before takeoff
Civil Aviation
Drunk American Airlines pilot arrested just before takeoff

An American Airlines pilot has been arrested in Manchester, United Kingdom, minutes before taking off on February 7, 201...

Another blow to Airbus A380: Qantas cancels 8 superjumbos order
Civil Aviation
Another blow to Airbus A380: Qantas cancels 8 superjumbos order

In another heavy blow to the already threatened A380, Qantas announces cancelling its order for eight Airbus’ supe...

Qatar Air Force gets first Rafale for its fighter jet cocktail
Defense
Qatar Air Force gets first Rafale for its fighter jet cocktail

Dassault Aviation delivered the first out of 36 fighters to Qatar during a ceremony organized in Mérignac, France...

France shows teeth of nuclear deterrence using Rafale
Defense
France shows teeth of nuclear deterrence using Rafale

The Strategic Air Force, branch of the French Air Force dedicated to airborne nuclear deterrence, successfully conducted...

Germania goes bankrupt, Swiss subsidiary spared
Civil Aviation
Germania goes bankrupt, Swiss subsidiary spared

Unable to overcome its liquidity problems, low cost carrier Germania announced that it filed for bankruptcy on February...

Hawaiian A330 forced to turn back three times in the same flight
Civil Aviation
Hawaiian A330 forced to turn back three times in the same flight

When 207 passengers boarded their Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Maui, Hawaii, on February 1, 2019, they w...

Slipping on snow: Japan Airlines Boeing 787 skids off runway
Civil Aviation
Slipping on snow: Japan Airlines Boeing 787 skids off runway

Over 200 passengers onboard Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 had a scary experience, as the aircraft skidded off an icy r...

Russian Su-27 intercepts US F-15C with daring maneuver [Video]
Defense
Russian Su-27 intercepts US F-15C with daring maneuver [Video]

Footage of a Russian Su-27 intercepting a US F-15C over the Baltic Sea has emerged online. The first fighter jet fended...

Russian government allocates fund for MC-21 program
Civil Aviation
Russian government allocates fund for MC-21 program

Russian Prime Minister confirmed that the MC-21-300 program would be subsidized by the government through Rostec....