Tag: France

France to Start Equipping Its Drones With ‘Precision Guided’ Weapons

France announced its intention to start using armed drones on Tuesday, joining several states that use the deadly unmanned aircraft in various military conflicts. French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that France is going to start the process of arming its drones in the near future. The move will involve six US-made unmanned aircraft, which […]

Air France Unveils New Airline Joon To Target Millenial Travellers

Air France presents its new airline, Joon, which will start operating medium-haul flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle this autumn, followed by long-haul flights in summer 2018. Joon is especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials (18 to 35 year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology. This new brand has been entirely designed to […]

Air France Flight Declares Emergency After Being Struck By Lightening

An Air France flight heading from Paris to Birmingham declared a mid-air emergency after it was hit by a bolt of lightening. The passenger flight was leaving Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and was heading to the West Midlands when an alert was sounded. It later landed safely at Birmingham Airport with no one hurt during […]

Paris Orly Airport Evacuated After Shooting

A man has been shot dead after attempting to seize a gun from a soldier at Paris Orly airport, sparking an evacuation and severe flight disruption. UPDATED: A police source says the man shot dead after stealing a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly Airport was a “radicalised Muslim” known to security services. The suspect is […]

Ryanair Calls On To Prevent French ATC Strikes

Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, called on the French Government and European Commission to take immediate action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed yet again by French ATC unions. Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel 45 flights on Monday (6 Mar) to/from/over France, with further cancellations possible and delays likely […]

Airbus Hopes to Deliver Up To 80 A350 Aircraft in 2017

Airbus tentatively aims to deliver as many as 80 A350 jetliners in 2017, two people familiar with the plans said. The target marks a new stage in ambitious plans to raise output of the company’s newest long-haul jet to 10 a month in 2018, but depends mainly on how successful suppliers will be in curbing […]

France Promises 50 Years of Support to Indian Rafale Jets

The most eye catching detail about the Rafael deal disclosed in the Indian Parliament was product support to the 36 combat jets for 50 years. The Indian Government on Tuesday disclosed some details of the $ 8.85 billion deal to purchase French combat aircraft. Among them is a promise by French company Dassault Aviation to […]

China Airlines’ First A350 XWB Takes to the Skies

The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. This first A350-900 for China Airlines is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks. China Airlines has 14 A350-900s on order. The aircraft is expected to be deployed on the carrier’s long-haul routes to […]

Kuwait Orders French Airbus Transport Helicopters in $1.1 Billion Deal

Kuwait on Tuesday ordered 30 Airbus Helicopters Caracal military transport helicopters in a deal worth more than €1 billion ($1.1 billion), the latest step in a long-term tie between the Gulf nation and France, the French ministry of defense said. “This contract, worth more than €1 billion, reflects a strategic relationship between Kuwait and France […]

French Army Rolls for Sagem Patroller Drone

From sources close to the French DGA dossier (French Government Defense procurement and technology agency), the Sagem Patroller (Safran group) has been chosen to renew the French Army fleet of tactical drones. In total, the French Army will acquire fourteen units, of which four will be used for training. First deliveries are expected in early […]