by Jonathan Spira

Ask someone to name the longest non-stop domestic flight in the United States and you’ll get a variety of answers, almost all of them wrong. Many assume a Los Angeles-New York City transcon is the longest but at 2,470 miles, or 3,980 kilometers, it isn’t close to the right answer. Other guesses include Guam to Honolulu, which at 3,800 miles, or 6,120 kilometers, one would think would take the prize; …

Boeing’s High-Tech 787 Dreamliner Surpasses 767 Sales in One-Third the Time

by Paul Riegler

Boeing’s high-tech and somewhat notorious 787 Dreamliner aircraft surpassed the venerable Boeing 767 in total orders last week.
“The 787 Dreamliner booked order number 1,207 today – taking only 13 years to do so,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at the company’s commercial aircraft division in his corporate blog, adding that it took the 767 almost 40 years to hit 1,204 orders including the current 767 Freighter and the …

Lobby Bar – February 24: In-Flight Entertainers, Siri Gets an Accent, and the Future of Umbrellas

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Melodious Mélange of FBT News and Views
Here we are now, entertainer. Let’s take a look at why an increasing number of airlines are opting to ditch seatback entertainment systems in new aircraft. The answer is obvious: all major airline unions merged with the Screen Actors Guild to give flight attendants an opportunity to showcase their talents through in-flight monologues, musical numbers, and dance routines. Earplugs are …

What’s Doing in Canada on Its 150th Anniversary

by Jesse Sokolow

Canada. While clichés of maple leafs, Mounties, hockey, and “Eh?” abound, the country – the world’s second largest by land area – has much to offer visitors, from the natural beauty of its national parks to cities with a culture rivaling leading European ones.
Visitors will benefit from a generous exchange rate with the U.S. dollar and Canadians are waiving admission fees to their national parks for the entire year.
It may …

First Look and Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h

by Jonathan Spira

When the striking LF-LC Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2012, few if any thought it would make it into production relatively unchanged. Indeed, the LF-LC, which stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – in the guise of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 – is coming to a Lexus showroom near you shortly.
Lexus introduced the LC 500 to the world at last year’s …

Short Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Washington – Review

by Jesse Sokolow

For my first visit to the Evergreen State, I decided that a stay in the downtown area of its best-known city was in order. The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, situated just south of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market and offering splendid views of Puget sound from its front entrance, sits at the center of the Emerald City, which is also known as Jet City and Rain City. Indeed, some wag …

As Smartphones and Tablets Proliferate, Airlines Shed Seatback Screens in Favor of Bring-Your-Own-Device Policies

by Jonathan Spira

Four years ago, on American Airlines’ 2013 inaugural flight of its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which flew from Dallas to São Paulo, Brazil, I asked then CEO Tom Horton why he had bothered to include seatback screens throughout the aircraft. He proudly pointed out all of the high-tech features of the aircraft including the cool remote control in the Flagship Suite first-class cabin that controlled the 17” display and had …

Lobby Bar – February 17: Earning Your In-flight Meal, Living a Disney Cartoon, and a Lone Hilton Tree

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Spartan Serving of FBT News and Views
Ride with Tolstoy. Join Paul Riegler behind the wheel of the 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited, one of Kia’s newest automobiles. A new technologically advanced windshield keeps the car as quiet as a library. Kia recognized this and went the extra mile by adding several leather-bound classics to the front cabin. Due to the size and weight of the books, the car’s …