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Aviation Pioneer Boeing Turns 100

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

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

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

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 …

Why Norwegian’s Cheap Seats and High-Tech Planes Are Frightening Airlines and Politicians

The dustbin of aviation history is littered with the carcasses of failed low-cost carriers, People Express, Skybus, and Laker Airways to name just a few. Yet every now and then, a company breaks through and manages to not only challenge the airline industry status quo and inexorably changes its norms.
Given this history, it’s no wonder so many are afraid of Norwegian, already one of the big names in low-cost airfare within …

Take the Train to the Plane: The Top 10 Easiest to Get to Airports/Cities in the U.S.

Some European cities are known for their excellent downtown-to-airport rail service. Globetrotters typically cite services such as London’s Heathrow Express, Munich’s S-Bahn, Stockholm’s Arlanda Express, and Rome’s Leonardo Express as shining examples, yet little is said about getting to and from U.S. airports.
There are, however, numerous U.S. cities where airport access is just as convenient.
Here are the ten easiest to get to airports in the country.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. The city’s …

EVA Air Royal Laurel Business Class Seattle-Taipei – Flight Review

Arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, I made my way to the Royal Laurel business class counter. A friendly agent quickly printed my boarding pass and checked one of my bags on to tonight’s destination: Taipei, Taiwan.
With a scheduled departure at 2 a.m., security was deserted and the terminal was empty, except for the handful of other passengers aboard EVA flight 25 milling about.
EVA does not have a dedicated lounge at …