Great Moments in Travel History – September 2018

September marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.  After January and February were added to the calendar ahead of March in a calendar reform, September became the ninth month but …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2018

The month of August, named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. August is the eighth month of both the Julian and Gregorian calendar and was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar. The month was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest triumphs including the conquest of Egypt took place in this month.
August is …

Airbus, Boeing (Once Again) Raise 20-Year Market Forecasts for Passenger Jets

The world’s two largest airplane manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, both raised their forecasts for aircraft deliveries over the next two decades as the Farnborough International Airshow gets underway.
Airbus, in its 20-year market forecast, said over 37,400 planes would be delivered in that period, with a value of $5.8 trillion, a 7% increase over last year’s forecast.
Boeing sees an even bigger market, however. In its annual 20-year outlook, the Chicago-based company …

United Airlines Orders 29 New Jets Including Four Boeing Dreamliners

United Airlines Orders 29 New Jets Including Four Boeing Dreamliners

United Airlines said Monday it had ordered 29 new aircraft as part of what it termed a “fleet update.”
The airline announced an order for 25 Embraer E-175 regional jets as well as four Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 planes. The regional jets will arrive in 2019 and the new Dreamliners in 2020.
United will use the Embraer jets to replace 25 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft operated by the airline’s United Express regional partners. The …

Boeing, Embraer Unveil $4.75 Billion Joint Venture for Regional Jets

Boeing, Embraer Unveil $4.75 Billion Joint Venture for Regional Jets

Boeing announced Thursday it will assume a controlling interest in Embraer’s commercial aircraft business under a new $4.75-billion joint venture.
The move creates a duopoly in the global passenger aircraft business following Airbus’ recent joint venture with Bombardier.
“By forging this strategic partnership, we will be ideally positioned to generate significant value for both companies’ customers, employees and shareholders – and for Brazil and the United States,” said Boeing CEO Dennis Mullenberg.
Under …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2018

“Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May,” as the song from “Camelot” goes. 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 …

Inspections of Aircraft Engines Under a Microscope Following Southwest Accident

Is a routine visual inspection of an engine enough?
After an engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 broke apart midflight on Tuesday, killing one person sitting in a window seat near the engine, the answer may be “no.”
That aircraft’s engine had been visually inspected on Sunday, and no problems were noted.
The accident was the first passenger fatality resulting from an accident on a U.S. airline in nine years and the …