In the October issue of Airliner World, we travel to Zürich to talk to Swiss International Air Lines about how it is optimising its business model to meet the changing demands of its home market. We join Antonov Airlines for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in the giant An-22, the world’s largest propeller-driven aeroplane, and visit Lasham in Hampshire where 2Excel Engineering has taken over the remnants of the failed ATC Lasham company and turned into a thriving and respected MRO provider.
Elsewhere in this edition, we chronicle the rise and fall of Court Line, one of the most flamboyant airlines to have graced British skies in the 1970s and hear how carriers are developing scheduled services from business aviation operations, a trend that is gaining momentum across the US. We fly from Europe to the Iranian capital Tehran and back, putting flag carrier Iran Air to the test against privately owned rival Mahan Air and look at how Airbus’ recent takeover of Bombardier’s C Series programme and Boeing’s proposed partnership with Embraer are reshaping the global aerospace industry.
Lastly, we bring you our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including details of the green light for Bombardier’s 90-seat Q400, Ryanair and Air Malta joining forces, and Widerøe launching flights to Liverpool. We also have all our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training and MROs.