Articles in In Flight

Do Electronic Devices Interfere with a Plane’s Systems? The Jury is Still Out

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Most airline passengers today believe that their electronic devices – mobile phones, portable navigation systems, and tablets among others – are designed so they won’t create any interference with an aircraft’s flight systems. We – and some rocket scientists – beg to differ.
It turns out that the issue is not quite as clear-cut as it would appear. Earlier this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which maintains the Aviation …

Lobby Bar – July 22: Southwest Sells Music, Parachuting over the Pacific, and Shopping from Your Local River

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Lobby Bar – A Collaborative Collage of FBT News and Views
Slow food.  Paul Riegler dines at one of America’s finest fast food joints, In-N-Out Burger. In-N-Out isn’t available in most parts of the country, so we’re happy to offer a Double Double combo for you to try. Simply send us your address and your Uber account login info and we’ll do the rest.
Class divides. Jonathan Spira jets to Oslo in …

Norwegian Air Shuttle Premium Class New York-Oslo – Flight Review

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One European airline has been the subject of a lot of buzz as well as controversy recently. Norwegian, which is relatively new to the long-haul game after having operated low-cost short-haul flights in Europe for over a decade, flies a fleet of shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the United States to a variety of European destinations, including London (Gatwick), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and of course Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
The airline’s …

Aviation Pioneer Boeing Turns 100

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Boeing, the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturer, is celebrating its 100th birthday Friday. The company was incorporated in Seattle as Pacific Aero Products on July 15, 1916 by William E. Boeing, a lumberman.
It was a logical move for Boeing, given that most planes were built out of wood at the time, but it was just one of dozens of fledgling companies in the nascent industry.
Today, of course, Boeing is the largest …

Singapore Business Class Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles – Flight Review

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This was to be a review of Singapore’s relatively new Premium Economy cabin; however, a last minute aircraft swap changed all plans to do so. At first, it meant being bumped down into economy, which was soon followed by a last-minute upgrade into the airline’s much-vaunted business-class cabin.
Today’s journey was a long one, Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo on Singapore flight 12. Check-in took place in terminal three of …

Airbus, Boeing Raise 20-Year Market Forecast for Passenger Jets

New high-tech aircraft such as the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350 are in high demand

Airbus and Boeing, the world’s two largest airplane manufacturers, both raised their forecasts for aircraft deliveries over the next two decades on Monday at the Farnborough International Airshow.
Airbus, in its 20-year market forecast, said over 33,000 planes would be delivered in that period, with a value of $5.2 trillion. The world’s aircraft fleet should increase from today’s 19,500 aircraft to almost 40,000.
Boeing sees an even bigger market, however. In its …

EVA Air Business Class Taipei, Taiwan-Kuala Lumpur – Review

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While I’m never quite ready to leave Taipei, and this day was no exception, I found myself at Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport on an early Wednesday morning, bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on EVA Air.
The check-in counter for EVA Air’s regional business class was virtually empty, and an agent had me head to the gate in no time at all. Both security and immigration were a breeze, leaving …