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Great Moments in Travel History – May 2022

May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in most cases referred to as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day, and intended to commemorate …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2021

December, the first month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and is associated with multiple holidays including Krampus, Christmas, and Hanukkah as well as  New Year’s Eve.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” …

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing said on Thursday that it was informed that certain parts from a supplier for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft were improperly manufactured.  The news is the latest in the challenges that the high-tech airliner has faced practically since launch in 2011.
The Chicago-based company did not specify the part or supplier but the Wall Street Journal said that it involved certain titanium parts that were weaker than they should be, based …

ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

All Nippon Airways said it had developed and would install what it termed the “world’s first” hands-free lavatory door system.
The doors are designed to reduce physical contact with high-touch surfaces while onboard aircraft, which in turn would limit the potential spread of harmful pathogens.
“The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and …

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing reported strong orders and deliveries for March and the first quarter of 2021 on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer received 185 new orders for its beleaguered 737 Max planes, including a 100-jet order from Southwest.  That order was the largest  since the plane’s grounding almost two years ago following two hull losses.  Still, Boeing reported 156 cancelled orders in the month for the Max, and it was forced to tell …

Boeing Restarts 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

Boeing Restarts 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

Boeing restarted its 787 Dreamliner deliveries after a five-month hiatus.
The break in deliveries wasto allow its engineers to study the fuselage design of the aircraft, seeking tiny structural flaws.
“We have resumed 787 deliveries following several months of engineering analysis and inspection work,” the company said.
United Airlines was the first customer to receive a new Dreamliner after deliveries officially were given the green light.
On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that …

Boeing Issues Airworthiness Directive for 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing Issues Airworthiness Directive for 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive on Wednesday that covers several hundred Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes that are registered in the United States.
The directive, which goes into effect on March 21, requires “repetitive general visual inspections” of the bilge barriers in the planes’ forward and aft cargo compartments, looking for disengaged or damaged decompression panels, reinstallation of disengaged but undamaged compression panels, and replacement of damaged decompression panels.
The …