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Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week.
The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%.  Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance.
Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin.  The seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2014

Lobby of the Fairmont in San Francisco

On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property had been located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves eventually lapped at the hotel’s doors. The property was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.  The opening of the BMT Brighton subway line led to the closure of the hotel …

FAA: Review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Finds Plane ‘Safe’

FAA: Review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Finds Plane ‘Safe’

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s critical systems are “safe.”
The joint review, conducted with Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, found that the design of the 787-8 Dreamliner met its “safety level.”  Initiated after several battery fires in January 2013, it included an examination of the processes for the plane’s design, certification, and production.  The FAA said that the plane was “soundly designed.”
The findings were announced in …

Boeing Reports Cracks in Wings of Undelivered Dreamliners

Boeing Reports Cracks in Wings of Undelivered Dreamliners

Boeing said Friday that it will conduct inspections of the wings on some of its undelivered 787 Dreamliner aircraft to look for hairline cracks.
The latest Dreamliner issue does not impact any of the 123 planes that are already in service.  “We are confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet,” said Boeing.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer said that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which supplies wings for the Dreamliner, had …

British Airways Launches Austin-London Service

British Airways Launches Austin-London Service

British Airways began new service on Monday between London Heathrow and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.  The route is the first regular transatlantic service to operate from the Texan city.
The service will initially be available five days a week, with daily flights beginning in May.
British Airways will use Boeing 787 Dreamliners equipped with 214 seats to fly between the two cities.  The aircraft are outfitted with 35 lie-flat seats in …

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 …