Articles in In Flight

Flight Data Recorder Will Hold Key to the Mysteries of MH370

Once locating the missing plane that operated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been accomplished, unraveling the mystery unravelling of what happened may only have begun.
If the Australian-led search in the southern Indian Ocean turns up the missing plane, authorities will most likely be able to piece a few pieces of the puzzle together, such as whether there was an explosion or fire in the cabin or whether the aircraft broke up …

Lufthansa Munich-Chicago Business Class Flight 434 – Review

MUNICH — Chicago O’Hare International Airport, named after Edward O’Hare, the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace, is one out of seven destinations with a direct connection from Munich International Airport offered by the German flag carrier Lufthansa. (The other direct connections are Boston, New York, Newark, Charlotte, San Francisco and Los Angeles.) The Munich-Chicago route has been in service by Lufthansa since March 1995 and Lufthansa uses mainly Airbus A330 …

Virtual Tour: London Heathrow’s New Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal

LONDON — London Heathrow’s new terminal, the Queen’s Terminal or Terminal 2, will open to passengers on June 4 of this year when a United flight from Chicago arrives at 5:55 a.m.
The new terminal, which is one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the United Kingdom in recent history, was designed to address the question, “how do you take an airport terminal designed in the 1950s for one …

Malaysia Airlines Had Strong Safety Record

While aviation officials and government authorities continue to search both for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet and an explanation of what happened, the incident presents a stark contrast to the safety record that Asian carriers have achieved over the past decade.
Malaysia’s flag carrier stands out in a region where flying is considered exceptionally safe.  The airline has only had one fatal crash in the past two decades, when a Fokker …

Popular Boeing 777 Has Solid Safety Record

The presumed crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in the South China Sea between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia involved an aircraft with an exemplary safety record.
Until the crash of an Asiana Airlines 777 in 2013, the 777’s record was virtually unblemished.  Indeed, it was part of a small group of long-range aircraft from the world’s two major aviation manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, to never have had a fatal …

Making Connections in the Sky: 4 Apps That Make Flights More Social

The very nature of an aircraft’s confined environment puts frequent flyers in close quarters with one another on a regular basis.  While some passengers may be worthy subjects of air travel pet peeves, there may be a few that one might not object to conversing with.
Airlines and tech companies have caught on to this notion, and set out to create apps and tools to bridge connections between passengers, whether for …

Demystifying the Deicing Process

So you’re sitting in a plane and it’s snowing out.  Everyone is already concerned about flight delays due to the wintry weather, but finally, the plane pushes back, and a collective sigh of relief is heard throughout the cabin.  However, just as you start to relax, the captain’s voice comes on over the PA system, and he announces “Well folks, we’re just making a quick stop for deicing, and then …