U.S. Accuses Chinese Businessman of Stealing Confidential Boeing Data

U.S. Accuses Chinese Businessman of Stealing Confidential Boeing Data

The Justice Department charged a Chinese citizen living in Canada with breaking into Boeing’s computer systems and stealing reams of data from U.S. defense contractors about proprietary American technology including military aircraft and weapons.
The charges against Su Bin, the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, were announced Friday.
In court filings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Mr. Bin, who owned a Chinese aviation company called Lode Tech, spent …

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa and Air China announced plans to form a joint venture and work more closely together on routes linking China and Europe.
The two airlines, both members of Star Alliance, made the announcement during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China this week.
Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s CEO, and Song Zhiyong, president of Air China, signed a memorandum of understanding Monday “to enhance the commercial partnership as part of a joint venture.”
The memorandum …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: June 28, 2014


The weekend is quickly approaching, and it’s time to kick back and relax with this week’s news and features.  Here are five engaging stories that should entertain and inform you this weekend.
1.) Jonathan Spira gives us an up-close look at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which United Airlines is currently flying on its recently launched San Francisco to Chengdu route.  The high-tech plane is 20% more fuel efficient than others in …

Lobby Bar – June 27: Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Rich Corinthian Leather, and Please Don’t Feed the Tourists


The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views 
Bad for romance.  More airlines are flying more planes to China from North America.  The news reportedly came as a great disappointment to Bing Crosby, who was at last report still trying to get Peggy Lee on a slow boat to China.
Déjà vu part trois.  Jonathan Spira continues his quest to fly a Dreamliner from each …

Hainan Airlines Launches First Ever Non-Stop Service from Boston to Beijing

Hainan Airlines Launches First Ever Non-Stop Service from Boston to Beijing

Hainan Airlines announced the start of non-stop flights between Boston and Beijing, China on Friday.  The service is the first time that non-stop service is available between the two cities, and is also the first non-stop between New England and Mainland China.
Hainan is operating the route using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Flights are scheduled to operate four times a week, and will be offered daily from July 18 through the …

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Virtual Tour and Review


SAN FRANCISCO — United Airlines was the first U.S. airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and currently has 10 in service, with an additional 55 on order. The carrier first put the Dreamliner into service on November 12, 2012 on familiarization routes in the United States and slowly added a variety of domestic and international destinations as more Dreamliners joined the fleet. This was a mere two …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: June 21, 2014


Before you jet off for the weekend, be sure to catch up on this week’s news.  Here are five important features from the past week that you don’t want to miss.
1.) Jonathan Spira visits the Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich, a grand hotel that brings back fond memories from his childhood.  Have you ever encountered a tea sommelier before?  Take afternoon tea in the Jahreszeiten Lobby, followed by a spa …