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Africa's Future is in the Air
By Mira Berma, Executive Director, Africa Travel Association

So much has happened in the past decades, it's hard to fathom - but in Africa, recent years have signaled remarkable changes. Ranking high are new direct routes and realistic fares from New York and other U.S. gateways. In evaluating Africa's transportation scene, ATA members can be considered among the most astute judges of all. Since our launch in 1976 at a Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, ATA members have flown on every airline serving the continent and its offshore islands,. More;> You asked for it! An edition that shows the many options available to today's traveler, not only in flights to Africa from any point in the USA or Canada (more seamless and convenient than ever), but the many ways to travel inside Africa. Our editors have produced aviation, airport, highway and transport magazines and videos for decades, and today this combined experience is focused on travel to and around Africa. The new issue will be available in summer and winter editions - as one package, a huge advantage for the advertiser.

Boeing introduces new jet
MOSCOW: Boeing [NYSE:BA] will display a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and a large scale model of its newly conceived airplane, the Boeing 7E7, at the 2003 MAKS International Aviation & Space Salon (Moscow Air Show) in Zhukovsky near here next week. The BBJ will be on display at the show's airfield during the first two days of the show, Aug. 19 and 20. The Boeing 7E7 model, which drew crowds at the Paris Air Show in June, will be in the Boeing exhibit in Pavilion B during the entire show, which runs from Aug. 19 through 24. Designed for corporations, governments and VIP customers, the BBJ is a high-performance derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 jetliner that can fly more than 11,110 kilometers (6,000 nautical miles).

The Boeing 7E7 is a super-efficient airplane jetliner on which the company has focused its new commercial airplane product development efforts. The 7E7 will carry 200-250 passengers on routes up to 14,814 kilometers (8,000 nautical miles).

The Boeing Moscow Air Show exhibit will showcase several products and services from the Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Integrated Defense Systems business units, including models of the International Space Station, Sea Launch rocket and other commercial jetline

Bombardier Aerospace Bombardier Aerospace is a world leader in the design, manufacture and delivery of innovative aviation products and services for the business, regional and amphibious aircraft markets. This heritage of innovation consolidates more than 250 years of aviation history through the accomplishments of Shorts®, Learjet®, de Havilland® and Canadair® and has produced an unparalleled 10 new aircraft programs in the past decade. Headquartered at Montréal International Airport (Dorval), Bombardier is a fully integrated aerospace company. It employs more than 33,000 people around the world and has full aircraft design and production capabilities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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By taking the right decisions at the start, Airbus has been able to create a complete range of aircraft that exceed the expectations of passengers, pilots and operators -- all within 30 years. Airbus was established in 1970 as a European consortium of French, German and later, Spanish and U.K companies, as it became clear that only by co-operating would European aircraft manufacturers be able to compete effectively with the U.S. giants. By overcoming national divides, sharing development costs, collaborating in the interests of a greater market share, and even agreeing a common set of measurements and a common language, Airbus changed the face of the business, and brought airlines, passengers and crews the benefits of real competition. In 2001, thirty years after its creation, Airbus formally became a single integrated company, thus passing another major milestone in its history of achievements.

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), (resulting from the merger between Aerospatiale Matra SA of France, Daimler Chrysler Aerospace AG of Germany and Construcciones Aeronauticas SA of Spain), and BAE SYSTEMS of the UK, transferred all of their Airbus-related assets to the newly incorporated company and, in exchange, became shareholders in Airbus with 80 per cent and 20 per cent respectively of the new stock.

The co-operation between the different entities that make up Airbus today goes back to the 1920s. Construcciones Aeronauticas S.A. (CASA) of Spain built seaplanes under licence from German company Dornier and worked with the French on the Bréguet XIX. Then in the 1950s, a number of Franco-German aviation projects saw the light of day. The 1960s saw the first real co-operative effort between French and German aircraft manufacturers on the Transall, followed by the Concorde adventure between the French and the British.

This was also a time of close contacts between CASA and Messerschmidt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB). MBB formed the core of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) in 1989 and then CASA, Dasa and Aerospatiale Matra S.A. together formed EADS in 2000.

The Airbus GIE (or Groupement d'Intérêt Economique), a form of consortium under French law, was officially created at the end of 1970 to establish a formal co-operation among the GIE's partners and to provide a single sales, marketing and support interface for Airbus customers.

The two full partners in the original consortium were Aerospatiale for France and Deutsche Aerospace for Germany. Hawker Siddeley and Fokker were also associated with the programme and CASA of Spain became a full member of the GIE in 1971.

Initially headquartered in Paris, the GIE moved to Toulouse in 1974. British Aerospace became a full partner in 1979.

Airbus' first aircraft, the A300B, was launched at the 1969 Paris air show. It was the first widebody twinjet and could carry 226 passengers in a comfortable two-class lay-out. A stretched 250 seat version, the A300B2, requested by launch customer Air France, went into full scale production.

By 1974, the A300 had been certified on budget and ahead of schedule &endash; a major first for European companies at the time. By the end of 1975, Airbus had 10 per cent of the market and a total of 55 aircraft on order. The company then went through a dark period, during which it failed to secure any new orders. Finally, US airline Eastern Airlines decided to lease four A300B4s.

This was a turning point, and from then on, Airbus never looked back. Within two years, Airbus had 133 firm orders and market share had risen to 26 per cent by value. By the end of 1979, Airbus had 256 orders from 32 customers and 81 aircraft in service with 14 operators.

In July 1978, Airbus launched the A310, a shortened version of the A300 seating 218 passengers in a standard, two-class configuration. The aircraft featured the first ever two-man cockpit equipped with six cathode ray tubes displays replacing the older dials.

No longer was Airbus a one-aircraft manufacturer. It was set to expand and to create a complete range of airliners.

Following this bold stroke, British Aerospace - which had taken over Hawker-Siddeley - became a full partner in the Airbus consortium in 1979. All the major European manufacturers were now firmly united and ready to challenge the U.S. industry.

That same year, Airbus decided to incorporate the 130-170 seat single aisle aircraft, on which the partners had been working outside the consortium, into its aircraft family. This project became the A320, which filled out the Airbus product line and allowed Airbus to compete for replacements of ageing U.S.-built aircraft in that category, in service worldwide at the time.

The A320, launched in 1984, was the first all-new design in its category in 30 years. Incorporating new technologies, the aircraft provided better operating efficiency, better performance and - above all - greater passenger comfort thanks to a wider fuselage cross-section. It was the first commercial aircraft to feature 'fly-by-wire' controls and side sticks. It set the standard for all subsequent Airbus cockpits and indeed for the industry as a whole.

The introduction of fly-by-wire also enabled Airbus to develop a family of aircraft sharing the same cockpit and the same flight handling characteristics.

The A320 was followed in 1989 by the A321, a lengthened version, seating 185 passengers in a standard three class configuration, and, in 1992, by a 124-seat version - the A319. The single-aisle Family was completed in 1999 with the introduction of the 107-seat A318.

The decision to launch the A320 proved a wise one. In spite of the recession of the mid 80s, the aircraft anticipated market demand for a modern, cost-efficient aircraft to replace older planes when the economy turned round. The new A320 was quickly chosen by Air France, British Caledonian, Adria Airways, Air Inter and Cyprus Airways. Today, it is one of Airbus' best-selling aircraft, popular with passengers and carriers alike.

By 1987, it was clear to Airbus that the time was ripe to launch not one, but two larger aircraft in a single programme. The market was ready for a twin engine, medium-haul aircraft as well as a long range, four engine, airliner.

The two new airliners shared the same airframe, the same wing design and the same popular twin-aisle cross-section as the A300/A310, incorporating the proven fly-by-wire controls of the A320.

When the four-engine A340 entered service in 1993, it was the first entirely new, long-haul aircraft to start commercial operations for more than 20 years. The twin-engine A330 which joined it a year later combined some of the lowest operating costs of any aircraft ever designed with maximum flexibility for a wide range of route structures.

Two additional versions of the A340, the A340-500 and the A340-600, have been developed in close collaboration with airlines. The A340-600 achieved certification in May 2002 and entered airline service in August while its sibling, the A340-500, achieved certification in December 2002.

In December 2000, Airbus launched the 555-seat A380 programme at the top end of the spectrum. This all-new double-decker aircraft is the most advanced, spacious and efficient airliner ever conceived, and the solution to growing traffic between major hubs.

The A380 will provide 15 to 20 per cent lower operating costs, 10 to 15 per cent more range, lower fuel burn, less noise and lower emissions than the largest aircraft flying today.