Monthly Archives: May 2014

FAA approves Boeing 787 to fly over longer stretch of ocean

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing Co’s 787 to fly up to 5 1/2 hours away from the nearest emergency landing site. This would now allow United Airlines to fly Houston to Auckland, New Zealand, a 7,415-mile route they had been considering. Boeing has already delivered 146 Dreamliners and already has 884 on order. The FAA approval comes recently after the National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating a battery fire that occurred in January 2013 on a 787 parked at a gate in Boston.

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Alaska and Delta to add new flights from Seattle-Tacoma

Alaska Airlines plans to boost its daily departures from the Seattle airport by 11%, adding 27 new, daily flights by spring 2015. Alaska plans to offer flights from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Chicago, Denver, Detroit and New Orleans, among other cities. Delta Air Lines is also adding flights from Seattle later this year. In November, Delta will add several daily flights to Spokane, Wash., and Calgary, Canada. In December, Delta will add flights to Hawaii and Montana, as well as international destinations if approved by the government.

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American Airlines prepares for its first Dreamliner

American Airlines pilots are currently training at American’s training center in Texas for the launch of the Boeing 787 or Dreamliner. American will receive their first delivery of the 787 in November, with passenger flights beginning early next year. The Dreamliner boasts improved fuel efficiencies and can fly long range, making it economical for international routes. In the anticipation of the new aircraft, dozens of American pilots will train in the Dreamliner simulator and learn the nuances of the controls before they can fly the real plane. The plane will be tested first on domestic routes before going into international service.

President Obama targets airports in tourism initiative

President Barack Obama announced efforts to promote inbound travel to the U.S. by making the entry and arrival process easier for foreign travelers by improving the experience at international airports. He encouraged, local governments, airports and airlines to help create a positive first impression. His initiatives are in an effort to further the goals laid out in the 2012 National Travel and Tourism Strategy. Expanding the use of technology, such as automated passport control kiosks will help streamline the entry process.

 

Lufthansa offers 50% bigger premium economy seats

Lufthansa has recently revealed a new line of premium economy seating, which will now offer passengers more space, a center console and closer aisle access. The new seats will have 50% more room than those in coach and will be installed on Boeing 747-8 jumbo jets. This new line of premium economy seats will be available in December.