Remember our News Roundup series? This is roughly the same idea, but in a slightly different format. I plan to run this with two sections: one for items in the aviation space, and another for items outside of it (politics, technology news, really anything I find interesting) because aviation doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Please enjoy.
- The end is nigh for the A380, with reports that Emirates plans to make the A350 and A330neo the center of its future fleet plans. On Thursday, Airbus announced that A380 deliveries will end in 2021. Without a significant number of future orders, production beyond 2020 would be unsustainable. In response, Qatar Airways has announced retirement plans for the A380 that would see it phased out by 2024 in favour of the Boeing 777X. The final agreement with Emirates has seen it cut its total number of A380 orders from 162 to 123 (meaning only 14 A380s remain to be delivered). Instead, Emirates is taking 40 A330-900s and 30 A350-900s.
- Airbus poised to ax A380 as Emirates reviews demand: sources | Reuters
- Exclusive: Boeing 777X will replace Airbus A380 at Gulf Carrier | Aviation Analyst
- Airbus to axe A380 programme after Emirates order rejig | FlightGlobal
- Total A380 deliveries likely to match L-1011’s | FlightGlobal
- Boeing 747’s production run could outlast A380’s | FlightGlobal
- The order that almost sunk the CSeries (and pushed it into the arms of Airbus) is now reality, as Delta has taken delivery of their first Airbus A220. The entry into service was delayed somewhat by the U.S. government shutdown, but finally it has become reality.
- The Panavia Tornado is exiting RAF service. The last examples of the type have returned to the UK from deployment in Syria, and will be retired completely by the end of March. The Tornado’s roles will be taken over by the Eurofighter Typhoon. Truly the end of an era as the RAF retires one of its most storied aircraft in recent decades.
- PICTURES: RAF Tornadoes complete operational duties | FlightGlobal
- RAF Tornados in farewell flypast over RAF Cottesmore which was home for almost two decades | LeicestershireLive
- The USS Hornet (CV-8), a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands on October 26, 1942, has been found by the RV Petrel private research ship funded by the late billionaire Paul Allen. The Hornet was scuttled after taking on severe damage from Japanese air attacks. The Hornet is particularly significant as the carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid, as well as being present at the Battle of Midway
- The Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) has taken some big steps towards reality, with Airbus and Dassault being awarded the first contracts for the project. Meanwhile, Spain has joined FCAS as well, while Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have teamed up for FCAS’ engines. The FCAS is planned to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale beginning in the 2040s.
- France and Germany sign first FCAS development contract | FlightGlobal
- Spain joins Franco-German FCAS program | FlightGlobal
- German F-35 decision sacrifices NATO capability for Franco-German industrial cooperation | DefenseNews
Beyond the skies:
- High Speed Rail’s been getting a lot of press lately. On the bright side, it’s prominently featured in the proposed Green New Deal, which has prompted plenty of discussion about why this need must be met. Closer to home, B.C. and Washington State have agreed to create a joint project office to discuss the possibility of a Vancouver-Seattle-Portland HSR line. In less great news, Californian HSR may be in dire straights, as incoming governor Gavin Newsom plans to reduce his state’s HSR efforts to merely a line between Merced and Bakersfield.
- H.Res.109 – Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal | Full Text
- America’s trains are a drag. The Green New Deal wants to fix that | Vox
- BC government increases high-speed rail study funding to $600,000 | Daily Hive Vancouver
- Beware the lesson of the monorail | Kelowna Daily Courier
- California to scale back $77 billion high-speed rail project: governor | Reuters
- Gavin Newsom calls SF-to-LA high-speed rail unrealistic, pushes for route from Bakersfield to to Merced | SFGate
- The scandal that’s dominating Canadian headlines this week has been the reports that Prime Minister Trudeau pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the legal process against SNC-Lavalin.
- Timeline: A chronicle of SNC-Lavalin, Trudeau, the PMO, and Jody Wilson-Raybould | The Globe & Mail
- Read Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter to Justin Trudeau | The Globe & Mail
- Andrew Scheer: Justin Trudeau has betrayed Canadians | National Post
- Rivian, a U.S. startup aiming to be the first to bring an electric pickup truck to the American market, may receive investment from Amazon and General Motors. Rivian’s R1T pickup truck, which was announced in November, is planned to go on sale by fall 2020.
- Amazon, GM in talks to invest in electric pickup truck maker Rivian: sources | Reuters
- Amazon and GM’s Investment in Rivian Could Jump-Start the Electric Pickup Truck Game | Jalopnik
- Rivian R1T: The Electric Pickup With a Front Trunk That Does 0 to 60 MPH in 3 Seconds | Jalopnik
- The Rivian R1S Could Be a Crazy Quick Seven-Seat Electric SUV Made in America | Jalopnik
That’s been your weekend reading for Sunday, February 17th! Stay tuned for the next update for more interesting news!