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United Enhances MileagePlus Carbon Offset Program for Earth Month

United Enhances MileagePlus Carbon Offset Program for Earth Month

United Airlines announced an expansion of its carbon-offset program.  The service offers environmentally conscious customers the option to purchase offsets for both commercial flights and freight shipments. The enhancement is an expansion of the company’s existing offset calculator program, which was developed last year with Sustainable Travel International, an NGO specializing in sustainable tourism.
The enhancement rollout, released for Earth Month, allows United MileagePlus members to redeem miles for offsets to …

ANA Holdings Orders 70 New Boeing and Airbus Planes

ANA Holdings Orders 70 New Boeing and Airbus Planes

ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways, announced that it has placed orders for 40 new Boeing aircraft and 30 new Airbus jets to be delivered between the years 2016 and 2027.  The order is valued at a total of 1700 billion yen, or $16.6 billion.
The aircraft include 20 large Boeing 777-9X twin-aisle models, 14 medium-sized 787-9 models, and six 737-300ER models. In addition, 30 small, single-aisle Airbus …

Popular Boeing 777 Has Solid Safety Record

The cockpit of a Boeing 777

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 …

Lobby Bar – February 21: Learning Spanish, Trips to the Sun, and Ulysses Approaches

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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
While you’re out.  Boeing and Airbus have borrowed Jesse’s time machine to take a glimpse into the future of the Asia-Pacific aviation market.  Would it be too much to ask for next week’s winning lottery numbers?
Together at last.  Jonathan Spira salivates over his long-awaited 2014 BMW 535d.  The Beatles were wrong; money can indeed buy love.
Red makes …

Airbus, Boeing Examine Future of Asia-Pacific Aviation Market

Aircraft at Tokyo's Haneda Airport

The world’s two leading aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, took the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow to provide their view of the Asia Pacific market over the coming decades.
Airbus believes that the Asia region will account for 45% of global passengers by the year 2032.  It also envisions that airlines servicing the region will be flying larger passenger planes on shorter routes.
Traditionally, airlines have used larger planes, such as Airbus …

Singapore Airshow Opens This Week

Singapore Airshow Opens This Week

The 2014 Singapore Airshow, a biennial event that is the largest aerospace event in the Asia-Pacific region, opens this week.
In addition to spectacular flying feats, this will be the first time that Airbus displays its new twin-engine A350 at an international airshow.  The A350 made its maiden voyage in June and is expected to go into service towards the end of 2014 with launch customer Qatar Airways.  Airbus says that …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2014

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2014

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel …