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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 …

Despite Crash, Boeing 737 Has a Solid Safety Record

The explosion of an engine in midair that shattered a window that then partially sucked a woman outside of a Southwest Boeing 737 aircraft on Tuesday involved an airplane with an estimable safety record.
It was the first passenger fatality resulting from an accident on a U.S. airline in nine years and the first in Southwest’s history.
Somewhat surprisingly, it happened to an aircraft that is the mainstay of short-haul flights for …

American Airlines Orders 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in $12B Deal

American Airlines Orders 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in $12B Deal

American Airlines said late Friday it had ordered an additional 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The deal, valued at $12 billion at list prices, includes 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s. Deliveries are slated to start in 2020 and 2023 respectively, and will make American, the world’s largest airline, the largest 787 operator in the Western Hemisphere.
“This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2018

April is the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of the year to have 30 days. It is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying April showers bring May flowers. Known in Latin as Aprilis, the derivation of which is uncertain, the month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, …

Boeing Confirms Acquisition Talks with Regional Jet Maker Embraer

Boeing Confirms Acquisition Talks with Regional Jet Maker Embraer

Boeing confirmed Friday it was in talks to acquire Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
“The Boeing Company and Embraer today confirmed the two companies are engaged in discussions regarding a potential combination, the basis of which remains under discussion,” the two companies said in separate identical statements, adding that no further statements would be issued concerning the discussions.
The two companies also said that there was no guarantee “a transaction will result from …

Photo Essay: United Airlines’ Final Boeing 747 Flight Gives the Queen of the Skies a Royal Sendoff

United Airlines operated its last ever Boeing 747 passenger flight last week and took passengers back to the 1970s for a memorable experience and non-stop party.
After three hours of festivities at the departure gate, the leisure-suit clad crowd boarded and the real party began. There was a once-in-a-lifetime fly-by of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, retro menus from the 70s including delicacies from Trader Vic’s, dry ice …