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Clement Charpentreau
Is Air France-KLM heading towards nationalization?

Like other carriers in Europe, the containment measures to fight the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic have greatly affected Air France’s revenue. The national airline could be saved by a state intervention once the crisis passes....


Clement Charpentreau
German A400M evacuates two French coronavirus patients

An A400M Atlas transporter of the Luftwaffe was used to transport patients hospitalized in Strasbourg, France, towards Ulm, in Germany, in an effort to relieve the overcrowded hospitals of Alsace....


Clement Charpentreau
Air Tahiti Nui operates longest flight ever due to COVID-19

As an unexpected consequence of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the French airline Air Tahiti Nui broke the record of the longest passenger flight by traveled distance ever by operating a nonstop flight between Papeete, in French Polynesia, and Paris....


Clement Charpentreau
Airbus halts production in France and Spain due to coronavirus

Airbus announced the temporary suspension of its production in some of its plants located in France and Spain. The halt will last for four days and give time to set up "strict conditions" of safety to ensure the health of employees facing the epidemic of coronavirus COVID-19....


Clement Charpentreau
NATO fighters intercept Russian bombers three times in one week

In recent days, multiple flights of Russian long-range aircraft near the British identification zone have put the Royal Air Force on alert. The latest one, on March 12, 2020, saw two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers being intercepted by a patrol of RAF Typhoon fighter jets....


Clement Charpentreau
On this day: Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes and kills 346

On March 3, 1974, a Turkish Airlines McDonnell Douglas  DC-10, which operated Flight 981 between Istanbul and London, crashed in the Ermenonville forest, killing all of its 346 occupants. To this day, this is the deadliest incident on French soil and the fourth deadliest accident in the history of civil aviation....


Clement Charpentreau
easyJet flight diverts to Jersey over urgent medical emergency

An easyJet flight bound for London Southend declared a medical emergency above France before diverting to land on the British island of Jersey....


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France, Germany sign European next gen fighter jet prototype deal

After long-lasting deliberations, France and Germany have officially agreed to develop a prototype of the next generation fighter jet. The deal, which is valued at €150 million over two years, has an objective to see the European combat plane demonstrator take to the skies by 2026....


Clement Charpentreau
European fighter jet demonstrator receives German greenlight

The members of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, have approved the funding for the development of a technology demonstrator of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) on February 12, 2020. The approval comes as a decisive step for the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) program to move forward. However, the vote did not erase all their reservations....


Clement Charpentreau
Bundestag votes to decide the future of European fighter jet

The German Parliament, the Bundestag, is due to vote on the production contract for the demonstrator of the Future Combat Air System, the European project which brings together France, Germany, and Spain to create a new fighter jet....