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5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 19, 2014

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As another weekend arrives, we bring to your attention once again the most important news and features of the past week.  Here are five must-read stories that will capture your interest.
1.) Jonathan Spira stayed at Claridge’s in London, where he enjoyed an elegant Art Deco room, around-the-clock butler service, and a delicious dinner of truffled Cornish lobster risotto.  He was very impressed by the hotel’s beautiful décor and attentive service.
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Air Canada Debuts 787 Dreamliner on Toronto-Tokyo Haneda Route

Air Canada Debuts 787 Dreamliner on Toronto-Tokyo Haneda Route

Air Canada announced that it has begun using Boeing 787 Dreamliners to operate flights between Toronto and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, marking the first time that the carrier has deployed the aircraft on a scheduled route.  The airline launched its Toronto-Tokyo Haneda service on July 1, and had previously been using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route before transitioning to 787-8 Dreamliners.
The planes are equipped with 20 pod-like seats in business …

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Airbus announced that Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation will be the initial launch customer for the upgraded A330neo wide-body aircraft on Monday.
Air Lease said it had signed a memorandum of understanding for 25 A330neo planes as well as for 60 of the narrow-body A321neo jets.
“When a leading lessor, ALC, is the first to sign up for a new aircraft, it’s a loud and clear signal that you’ve got it right, …

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

On the eve of the start of the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, Airbus is said to be discussing advanced plans for an upgraded A330 with potential customers.
The new A330 would be an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.  It would be 14% more fuel efficient, according to various reports, and have far greater range.  The news was first reported in the Wall Street …

Boeing Raises 20-Year Passenger Jet Market Forecast to $5.2 Trillion

Boeing Raises 20-Year Passenger Jet Market Forecast to $5.2 Trillion

Boeing says that the current high demand for new planes will not only continue but will also increase.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer released an updated forecast for growth over the next 20 years on Thursday, predicting that the market for new aircraft will reach nearly 37,000 planes with a total value of $5.2 trillion. This is a 4.2% increase over last year’s forecast. The Asia-Pacific market, said Boeing, will continue to …

What You Read in the First Half of 2014

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As we pass the year’s midway point, let’s look back at the most popular news and features we brought you in the first six months of 2014.  From surveys and flight reviews to new regulations on mobile device use in the cockpit, here are the articles that caught our readers’ attention.
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1.)       American Quietly Retires Last Boeing 767-200.  The airline’s last two 767s in service enjoyed a well-earned retirement …

Norwegian Launches Three New Routes from London to United States

Norwegian Launches Three New Routes from London to United States

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced the start of new service from London Gatwick to three American cities last week.
The airline now offers twice-weekly service from the London airport to both Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with London-Los Angeles flights operating on Wednesdays and Sundays, and London-Fort Lauderdale flights operating on Mondays and Fridays.   The carrier also began thrice-weekly service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, with flights operating …