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

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 …

Opening of Statler Hotel in Dallas Mired in IRS Controversy

Opening of Statler Hotel in Dallas Mired in IRS Controversy

The renovation of the former Statler Hilton in Dallas, Texas, a local landmark, has become the subject of controversy as work on the property continues.
Last month, the Dallas Morning News reported that the Internal Revenue Service is investigating the tax-exempt status of $26.5 million of municipal bonds sold last summer to fund the work. The hotel has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The hotel, slated to reopen as The Statler …

U.K. Regulator Accuses American, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, and Turkish Airlines of Not Paying Compensation for Flight Delays

U.K. Regulator Accuses American, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, and Turkish Airlines of Not Paying Compensation for Flight Delays

The Civil Aviation Authority, Britain’s aviation regulator, accused five airlines of avoiding the payment of compensation to over 200,000 passengers who were delayed on flights.
The agency said that it had taken action against American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, stating that the airlines regularly treated delays on connecting flights as if they occurred on separate flights and were therefore not covered by EU law under European …

T-Mobile to Boost LTE Capacity and Speed with Newly-Approved LTE-U Technology

T-Mobile to Boost LTE Capacity and Speed with Newly-Approved LTE-U Technology

T-Mobile USA said it plans to deploy a new LTE technology this spring that will tap into underutilized 5 GHz spectrum that was until recently used primarily for Wi-Fi.
The move follows the Federal Communication Commission’s certification on Wednesday of LTE-U or LTE in unlicensed spectrum equipment from networking companies Ericsson and Nokia. The FCC approval followed a somewhat controversial process that was designed to ensure that mobile operator use of …

Security Checkpoint Breach at JFK Followed by TSA Breach of Protocol

Security Checkpoint Breach at JFK Followed by TSA Breach of Protocol

Employees from the Transportation Security Administration opened a security checkpoint at Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday morning but failed to staff it with agents, thereby allowing a total of 11 passengers to traverse it without undergoing a screening.
The incident took place at 6:05 a.m. according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. No TSA agents were present at …

Air Canada Reports Increased Q4 Loss But Higher Revenue

Air Canada Reports Increased Q4 Loss But Higher Revenue

Air Canada announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 as well as the full year.
The country’s largest airline said it had posted a bigger net loss in the fourth quarter due to rising costs.
For the fourth quarter, Air Canada reported a 179 million Canadian dollars ($134.5 million) net loss, an increase of 63 million Canadian dollars from the same period in 2015.
Operating revenue for the period was 3.43 …

Lufthansa Reaches Pay Deal with Pilots, Ending Lengthy and Bitter Dispute

Lufthansa Reaches Pay Deal with Pilots, Ending Lengthy and Bitter Dispute

Lufthansa German Airlines said Wednesday it had accepted the recommendations of a mediator in a pay dispute with the union representing its pilots, ending several years of strikes by members of Vereinigung Cockpit that cost the airline dearly.
The deal calls for an 8.7% pay increase for some 5,400 pilots. The new agreement will be in place through the end of 2019.
The pay raise is subject to ratification by the union’s …