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China Eastern Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

China Eastern Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and China Eastern Airlines announced a firm order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners Thursday. The order is valued at $4 billion at list prices.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced.  Similar to the 787-8, the lengthened variant of the high-tech jet uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% less emissions than similar-sized airplanes.
Compared to the original, the 787-9 is 20’ (six meters) longer, …

Boeing Profit Falls in Lockstep with Commercial Deliveries

Boeing Profit Falls in Lockstep with Commercial Deliveries

Boeing announced financial results for the first quarter.
The aircraft manufacturer reported a profit of $1.22 billion, down from $1.34 billion in the same period last year, despite an increase in revenue, which was up 2.2% to $22.63 billion.
The company delivered 176 commercial planes in the last quarter, down 4.3% from a year earlier, and revenue in its commercial segment declined 6.4% to $14.4 billion.
Despite the drop in earnings, the company said …

FAA Orders ‘Urgent’ Engine Fix for Some Boeing 787 Dreamliners

FAA Orders ‘Urgent’ Engine Fix for Some Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing’s high-tech 787 Dreamliner is in the headlines again. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive on Friday calling for modifications to be made to specific General Electric engines installed on some models of the plane.
“We are issuing this AD to prevent susceptibility to heavy fan blade rubs, which could result in engine damage and a possible in-flight non-restartable power loss of one or both engines,” the FAA …

Delta Gets Last Delivery of Boeing 717s

Delta Gets Last Delivery of Boeing 717s

Delta Air Lines announced that it had received the last batch of its Boeing 717 aircraft Tuesday.
The Atlanta-based airline first announced plans to add 717s to its fleet back in 2012. Eighty-eight of the aircraft are being leased from Southwest Airlines and replaced 50-seat regional jets and some older DC-9 aircraft. Three were purchased from Blue 1, a subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines.
It took on average two months to transform the …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2016

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The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was all set for opening day when, on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be largely rebuilt before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist …

Boeing Delivers Air Europa’s First Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Air Europa’s First Dreamliner

Air Europa, a Spanish airline, announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a 787-9.
The carrier is the first in Spain to operate the Dreamliner. Air Europa leased the aircraft through an agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced.  Similar to the 787-8, the stretched version of the jet uses 20% less fuel and produces …

United Places Order for Additional 25 737-700s, Confirms 747 Retirement

United Places Order for Additional 25 737-700s, Confirms 747 Retirement

United Airlines announced an order for 25 Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The order is in addition to the carrier’s previous one of 40 737-700s, which the airline announced in January of this year.
The Chicago-based airline also confirmed that it will retire its Boeing 747 fleet from scheduled service by the end of 2018.
United says it plans to use the planes to replace some of its older aircraft operated by regional carriers.
When …