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Boeing, SMBC Announce Order for 80 737 Max 8s

Boeing, SMBC Announce Order for 80 737 Max 8s

SMBC Aviation Capital, an aircraft leasing company, announced an order for 80 Boeing 737 Max 8s.  The order, valued at over $8.5 billion at list price, is the largest single order for 737 Max planes from a leasing company.
With the order, SMBC becomes the 50th 737 Max customer.
The Boeing 737 Max uses CFM International Leap-1B engines and has new winglets, which provide a 14% improvement in fuel use over comparable …

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing donated a 787 Dreamliner to the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Saturday.
The aircraft is one of the original Dreamliner flight test airplanes, known as ZA003.  The aircraft was first used for the 787 flight test and certification program and then for the Dream Tour, which in 2011 and 2012 introduced the plane to aviation enthusiasts and frequent travelers in 23 countries across the globe.
At a ceremony at the …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2014

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On November 21, 1783, the first free flight with human passengers took place.  Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes drifted approximately five miles (eight kilometers) in France in a hot-air balloon powered by a wood fire.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887.  The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight …

Monarch Airlines Places Order for 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s

Monarch Airlines Places Order for 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s

Monarch Airlines announced that it finalized an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.  The order is valued at over $3.2 billion at list prices, and includes options for an additional 15 aircraft.
The order was first announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, when the carrier chose Boeing as its preferred bidder for fleet replacement.  The airline plans to eventually transition to an all-Boeing fleet.
The Boeing 737 Max …

Boeing Posts Strong Q3 Results

Boeing Posts Strong Q3 Results

Boeing announced financial results for third quarter of 2014. The aerospace giant said that its earnings were bolstered by a strong demand for its jetliners.
Revenue for the quarter was up 7% to 23.8 billion. The company’s backlog of orders increased to a record $490 billion, representing over 5,500 commercial plane orders.
Core earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis rose 19% to $2.14, while non-GAAP core operating earnings were up 13% …

Boeing Delivers Virgin Atlantic’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Virgin Atlantic’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The airline is the first in Europe to take delivery of the aircraft.
Virgin plans to initially use the plane on its route between London Heathrow and Boston.
The aircraft has been nicknamed “Birthday Girl” in honor of the airline’s 30th anniversary.  The plane is the first of 16 787-9s that the carrier has on order.
The Boeing 787-9 …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …