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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)
New head takes control of Air France, braces for negotiations
Civil Aviation
New head takes control of Air France, braces for negotiations

Anne Rigail, currently Deputy General Manager of Air France, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company,...

Russia sends two nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela
Defense
Russia sends two nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela

Another week, another batch of Russian bombers hits the news. Two Russian Tu-160 "Blackjack" strategic bombers...

Boeing-Embraer joint venture blocked by Brazil’s federal court
Civil Aviation
Boeing-Embraer joint venture blocked by Brazil’s federal court

Five months after Boeing and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding, the Brazilian federal court blocked the prosp...

Two USMC planes crash near Japan, one dead, five missing
Defense
Two USMC planes crash near Japan, one dead, five missing

Two aircraft belonging to the United States Marine Corps were lost during a training mission near Japan. Two of the seve...

Airbus joins forces with Lockheed to step in Boeing’s backyard
Defense
Airbus joins forces with Lockheed to step in Boeing’s backyard

One company's demise is another one's opportunity. Or in this case, two companies. Lockheed Martin and Airbus si...

No pilots, less routes: Jet Airways woes deepen
Civil Aviation
No pilots, less routes: Jet Airways woes deepen

Between December 2 and 3, 2018, the second biggest Indian airline Jet Airways has been forced to cancel fourteen flights...

Yellow vest protest: French airport disturbed by runway invasion
Airports
Yellow vest protest: French airport disturbed by runway invasion

Airports were not spared by the weekend of protests seen in France, as some of the “yellow vests” advocate f...

Joon celebrates its first anniversary, and maybe the last
Civil Aviation
Joon celebrates its first anniversary, and maybe the last

Joon could die young. Air France management board may consider putting an end to its millennial-focused subsidiary, laun...

Merkel plane forced to emergency landing after system shutdown
Defense
Merkel plane forced to emergency landing after system shutdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend the opening of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018, afte...

Sukhoi Superjet 100 changes hands… and name
Civil Aviation
Sukhoi Superjet 100 changes hands… and name

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is dead, long live the Superjet 100! Russian conglomerate United Aircraft Building Corporation (...

Did Japan drop its X-2 Shinshin fighter program?
Defense
Did Japan drop its X-2 Shinshin fighter program?

The Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) is currently considering acquiring 100 additional F-35s from the United States fo...

Roscosmos accused of embezzling billions in public funds
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Roscosmos accused of embezzling billions in public funds

Roscosmos already saw its reputation questioned after the failure of a Soyuz launch in October 2018. Now the Russian spa...

Adieu! Air France to trim down its A380 fleet
Civil Aviation
Adieu! Air France to trim down its A380 fleet

The A380 lost its popularity at Air France. The French flag carrier is to get rid of around 20% to 50% of their “s...

Ukrainian Air Force on high alert, standoff with Russia escalates
Defense
Ukrainian Air Force on high alert, standoff with Russia escalates

Several Russian fighter jets and combat helicopters were deployed to assist the blockade of the Kerch Strait. The incide...

Franco-German fighter aircraft program has a starting date
Defense
Franco-German fighter aircraft program has a starting date

The French and German Defense minister (respectively Ministere des Armees and Bundesministerium der Verteidigung) announ...

A man killed by a plane taking off in Moscow
Civil Aviation
A man killed by a plane taking off in Moscow

A deportee en route from Spain to Armenia died in Moscow after being hit by the landing gear of a plane taking off on No...