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Podcast: Unveiling Russia’s next-gen fighter and Italy’s newest airline

written by Robyn Tongol | July 28, 2021

Russian ‘Checkmate’ fighter jet revealed at MAKS 2021 ( (Mikhail Svetlov, Getty Images,)

This week, Russia revealed the prototype of its newest fighter jet set to rival the US F-35 for a fraction of the cost at its MAKS 2021 air show, as Italy’s newest state-owned carrier made moves towards a US$5.3 billion fleet renewal.

In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss what we know of Russia’s ‘Checkmate’ fighter jet, and just how this new fighter could cause a stir globally.

Plus, the team talks of ITA, Italy’s newest state-owned airline after the fall of Alitalia, and how the carrier is sending Boeing and Airbus head-to-head for its upcoming fleet renewal deal, worth US$5.3 billion.

Finally, the crew discusses the current state of play in the US of A amidst financial results season, and Airbus’ first wide-body delivery from its Chinese completion plant.


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