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AIR International September 2013

AIR International September 2013

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 Delta Air Lines
 A Gargantuan Carrier
  Anatolian Eagle 
 Turkey’s Air War
 B-52s in Guam
 Spearheading Obama’s Pivotal Shift
 INTERNATIONAL
For the best in modern military and commercial aviation
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 Carrier  Air Wing Eleven
at NAS Fallon
 Norwegians
 
787
The Dawn of Low-Cost, Long-Haul?
SEPTEMBER 2013
 Vol.85 No.3 
£4.50
 
The ultimate choice
100,000 long term jobs secured; 40,000 in the UK; huge spin-offs to other sectors including the civil sector; developingknowledge; advanced industrial processes. Eurofighter Typhoon: Europe's largest collaborative programme.Eurofighter Typhoon: Deterrence and security for our borders with the guarantee of absolute superiority against any potentialthreats, today and in the future.
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nothing comes close
 
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 NewsFeatures
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BREAKING NEWS
The
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 
 breaks cover, Austria receives an upgraded
C-130K Hercules 
, Portugal celebrates 50 years of
Alouette III 
 operations and Jat becomes
Air Serbia
.
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GENERAL NEWS
The Dambusters named as first RAF
F-35 Lightning II 
 squadron, Brazilian
A-4 Skyhawk 
 upgrade flown, UAE looks at
Typhoon
 and US stops Egyptian
F-16
 deliveries.
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LOW-COST, LONG-HAUL: CAN IT WORK?
The highly efficient Boeing 787 makes long-haul routes more attractive to low-cost operators, but can they be profitable as well? Andreas Spaeth investigates.
48
TIP OF THE SPEAR
In the second of a three-part series on the work-up cycle of Carrier Air Wing 11 and the USS
Nimitz 
, Scott Dwor-kin reports from NAS Fallon in Nevada.
60
UNMANNED RUSSIA
Piotr Butowski looks at Russia’s lat-est developments in unmanned systems.
64
THE HUB AIRPORT DEBATE: THE MONTREAL MODEL
In the concluding part of
AIR Interna-tional’s
 analysis of the UK’s future airport policy, Bruce Hales-Dutton considers vari-ous options for the future of the United Kingdom’s hub airport.
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CONTINUOUS BOMBER PRESENCE
The Boeing B-52H Stratofortress is still a formidable strategic tool for the US Air Force, as Robert F Dorr reports.
78
FAST-GROWING FEEDER
SA Express, South African Air-ways’ feeder airline, is experiencing major growth, as detailed by Sebastian Schmitz.
82
NEMO IN AFGHANISTAN
Riccardo Niccoli looks at the work of the Italian Army’s NH90s in Afghanistan.
86
A GIANT SPREADS ITS WINGS
Delta, the world’s biggest airline, is reaping the benefits of its merger with Northwest and planning growth through new partnerships and products. Andreas Spaeth explains.
94
FLIGHT TRAINING DOWN UNDER
Nigel Pittaway profiles flight training provided by BAE Systems in Australia.
FRONT COVER:
 This month’s issue features Norwegian’s low-cost, long-haul 787 operation. Jorgen Syversen/AirTeamImages
MIDDLE INSET:
 BaoLuo/AirTeamImages
LEFT INSET:
Riccardo Niccoli
RIGHT INSET:
 Jim Haseltine
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 LEADING NEWS STORIES 06  PRESERVING THE FUTURE 
Henri-Pierre Grolleau analyses the new French Military Planning Act.
10  OSPREYS TAKE ROOST 
Matthew Clements reports on basing the CV-22 Osprey at RAF Mildenhall.
14 SHARPENING TALONS
Riccardo Niccoli visited Konya AB, Tur- key, during exercise Anatolian Eagle.
18 CONGRESS, CHINOOKS, CRASHES – AND UNCERTAINTY 
Robert F Dorr highlights the potential fate of different US air-craft types at the mercy of a politically-paralysed Congress.
 22 GROWLERS,  PROWLERS, POSEIDONS  AND TURBO MENTORS
Rick Burgess outlines the latest stories from the US Department of the Navy.
 36  SAFETY, SECURITY & SUCCESS
Nigel Pittaway reports on the major challenges faced by airlines, as pre- sented by Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer.
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