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ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

All Nippon Airways said it had developed and would install what it termed the “world’s first” hands-free lavatory door system.
The doors are designed to reduce physical contact with high-touch surfaces while onboard aircraft, which in turn would limit the potential spread of harmful pathogens.
“The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and …

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing reported strong orders and deliveries for March and the first quarter of 2021 on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer received 185 new orders for its beleaguered 737 Max planes, including a 100-jet order from Southwest.  That order was the largest  since the plane’s grounding almost two years ago following two hull losses.  Still, Boeing reported 156 cancelled orders in the month for the Max, and it was forced to tell …

Boeing Restarts 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

Boeing Restarts 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

Boeing restarted its 787 Dreamliner deliveries after a five-month hiatus.
The break in deliveries wasto allow its engineers to study the fuselage design of the aircraft, seeking tiny structural flaws.
“We have resumed 787 deliveries following several months of engineering analysis and inspection work,” the company said.
United Airlines was the first customer to receive a new Dreamliner after deliveries officially were given the green light.
On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that …

Boeing Issues Airworthiness Directive for 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing Issues Airworthiness Directive for 222 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive on Wednesday that covers several hundred Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes that are registered in the United States.
The directive, which goes into effect on March 21, requires “repetitive general visual inspections” of the bilge barriers in the planes’ forward and aft cargo compartments, looking for disengaged or damaged decompression panels, reinstallation of disengaged but undamaged compression panels, and replacement of damaged decompression panels.
The …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2020

December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, multiple holidays, and New Year’s Eve. It
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic …

American Airlines to Retire Entire Airbus A330 Fleet Sooner Than Expected

American Airlines to Retire Entire Airbus A330 Fleet Sooner Than Expected

American Airlines, which had previously announced plans to retire its Airbus A330 fleet over next several years, said it has officially retired the fleet of 15 A330-200s and nine A330-300s.
In April, the carrier said it had “officially retired” its Boeing 767 and Embraer E190 fleets and that it would soon retire its remaining Airbus A330, Boeing 757, and Bombardier CRJ200 airliners. At the same time, Delta Air Lines announced plans …

Boeing Grounds Some Dreamliners After Manufacturing Defect is Found

Boeing Grounds Some Dreamliners After Manufacturing Defect is Found

Boeing said it has grounded eight of its high-tech 787 Dreamliners after finding a manufacturing issue.  The wide-body airliner is one of the company’s most successful products, despite a highly publicized grounding of the fleet over a battery issue in 2013.
The eight planes will be inspected and repaired. The issue relates to how parts of the fuselage were joined together, the company said in a statement.
“Boeing has identified two distinct …