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Boeing First-Quarter Profits Down

Boeing First-Quarter Profits Down

Boeing announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer reported that first-quarter profits were down 13% to $965 million from $1.11 billion a year earlier.
Revenue for the quarter was up 8% to $20.47 billion in the quarter ended March 31 from $18.89 billion year-over-year.
The company booked 235 orders for new aircraft during the quarter. It has a backlog of more than 5,100 orders valued at $374 …

United Enhances MileagePlus Carbon Offset Program for Earth Month

United Enhances MileagePlus Carbon Offset Program for Earth Month

United Airlines announced an expansion of its carbon-offset program.  The service offers environmentally conscious customers the option to purchase offsets for both commercial flights and freight shipments. The enhancement is an expansion of the company’s existing offset calculator program, which was developed last year with Sustainable Travel International, an NGO specializing in sustainable tourism.
The enhancement rollout, released for Earth Month, allows United MileagePlus members to redeem miles for offsets to …

Boeing Receives First Order for BBJ Max Plane

Boeing Receives First Order for BBJ Max Plane

Boeing announced the launch of the Boeing Business Jet Max 8 simultaneously with an order from an undisclosed customer.  The aircraft is the newest model in the company’s BBJ line of large cabin, ultra-long-range aircraft.
The BBJ Max 8, which is modeled after the 737 Max 8, has a range of 6,325 nautical miles (11,713 kilometers), an increase of 800 nautical miles (1,482 kilometers) over the current BBJ2 model. The new …

Boeing Finalizes Order with Air Canada for 61 737 Max Planes

Boeing Finalizes Order with Air Canada for 61 737 Max Planes

Boeing announced that Air Canada finalized an order for 33 737 Max 8 and 28 737 Max 9 aircraft.  The order is valued at $6.5 billion at list prices.
The 737 Max 9 is equipped with the latest technology Leap-1B engine, which is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by 14%. The aircraft also includes new winglets and Boeing Sky Interior, which features modern-sculpted sidewalls, new windows, LED …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2014

Lobby of the Fairmont in San Francisco

On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property had been located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves eventually lapped at the hotel’s doors. The property was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.  The opening of the BMT Brighton subway line led to the closure of the hotel …

ANA Holdings Orders 70 New Boeing and Airbus Planes

ANA Holdings Orders 70 New Boeing and Airbus Planes

ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways, announced that it has placed orders for 40 new Boeing aircraft and 30 new Airbus jets to be delivered between the years 2016 and 2027.  The order is valued at a total of 1700 billion yen, or $16.6 billion.
The aircraft include 20 large Boeing 777-9X twin-aisle models, 14 medium-sized 787-9 models, and six 737-300ER models. In addition, 30 small, single-aisle Airbus …

FAA: Review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Finds Plane ‘Safe’

FAA: Review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Finds Plane ‘Safe’

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s critical systems are “safe.”
The joint review, conducted with Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, found that the design of the 787-8 Dreamliner met its “safety level.”  Initiated after several battery fires in January 2013, it included an examination of the processes for the plane’s design, certification, and production.  The FAA said that the plane was “soundly designed.”
The findings were announced in …