Lobby Bar – July 15: Pokémon Prey, In-Flight Swimming, and Driving Two Cars at Once


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Prey becomes predator. If you’ve taken a liking to the new Pokémon Go craze, be warned: you may be a target for theft. If you’d like to take part in the thefts, download Pokémine to see a map of all Go users, with the catchy tagline
Refresh, revive. Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren was upgraded to business class on Singapore Airlines’ service to …

Airbus Flies Past Boeing at Farnborough

Airbus Flies Past Boeing at Farnborough

As the ordering frenzy at the Farnborough Airshow comes to an end, Airbus appears to have emerged victorious, although it was an overall quiet show for commercial orders.
Airbus said it won 279 orders and commitments with a value of $35 billion at list prices at the show. This includes firm orders for 197 aircraft valued at $26.3 billion. AirAsia’s order for 100 A321neo narrow-body jets, valued at $12 billion, was …

Airbus, Boeing Get Boost from Narrow-Body Deals at Farnborough Airshow

Airbus, Boeing Get Boost from Narrow-Body Deals at Farnborough Airshow

The world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, were kept busy writing orders at the Farnborough International Airshow this week, with numerous purchases from Asian airlines with an appetite for narrow-body jets.
Airbus announced that AirAsia signed a firm order to purchase 100 A321neo aircraft, bringing the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by the carrier to 575. Virgin Atlantic announced it is replacing its current flagship, the Boeing …

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 …

Photo Essay and Virtual Tour: Qatar Airways A350

Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350 visiting JFK

While Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been the stuff of which headline writers dream about, Airbus’ new A350 XWB has quietly taken flight over the past year.
There are currently 21 in service, and the launch customer for the A350 was Qatar Airways, which currently flies the new plane from Doha to three cities in the United States, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia . Other operators (in order of appearance) include Vietnam …

American to Retire E190s, A330-300s, and some 767-300s by 2019

American to Retire E190s, A330-300s, and some 767-300s by 2019

American Airlines said on Friday it plans to accelerate the retirement of some of its Boeing 767-300 jets and stop flying its Embraer E190 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The news was announced in a memo to employees on Friday.
American retired its last Boeing 767-200 exactly two years ago and plans to stop flying more 767-300s than originally planned, citing “reliability” issues. The airline will retire an additional eight 767-300s in 2018, …

Lobby Bar – April 29: Dancing in the Sky, a Flight and a Half, and How to Rickroll Somebody in 2016

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Lobby Bar – A Surprisingly Special Summary of FBT News and Views
Grand slam. The 2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award winner has been named, and will receive $1,000 for his essay.  This year, we only accepted submissions that were printed out, crumpled up, and batted into the window of our offices in midtown Manhattan.
Learn from history. Time to find out how many of our readers are up to date on …