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Air India Receives $200 Million to Finance Three Brand-New Dreamliners

Where: India
April 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Another round of funding and investment is underway in India, and the amount of money that's being thrown around is no joke. The national carrier announced that it has been loaned $200 million by the country's bank, Bank of India, to purchase three brand-new Dreamliner airplanes.

That's not all. Air India expects to raise an additional $500 million from bridge loans and has received a $288 million tax credit to cover the cost of fuel, simulators, and spare parts. If it all comes through as planned, as many as six new Dreamliners could be in the airline's future.

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United Has a 787-9 Too, and It's Nearly Ready to Be Shown Off

April 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

They’ve been working overtime up at the Boeing factory just outside of Seattle, as a few new Boeing 787-9s have been rolling off the assembly line. As we saw with Air New Zealand just last week, these planes are slightly longer Dreamliners, the latest type of next generation aircraft.

United also has a few of these on order, and their very first plane just appeared outside of the hangar for a sneak peek the other day. This is the airplane that’s scheduled to begin service on United's new nonstop route between Los Angeles and Melbourne—the one in Australia—a little later this year.

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The First Boeing 787-9 is Almost All Set for a Debut

April 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s almost time for Air New Zealand to take to the skies with their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the closest we can get right now is admiring the new livery from afar.

You may recall that Air New Zealand announced that they’d be mixing up their paintjob with a couple different versions, and here's a preview of one, which retains the koru and New Zealand fern looks and logos.

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ANA Hopes Free Stuff Will Help You Forget Their Boeing 747s

Where: Japan
March 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it's been a good run. Today marks the end of Boeing 747 service on Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). The double-decker Queen of the Skies first took to the skies for ANA in 1976, flying Tokyo-Sapporo and Tokyo-Fukuoka.

ANA flew 47 of the jumbos, and its 38-year career ended with a domestic flight from Naha to Tokyo-Haneda. That final aircraft will now make its funeral flight to the recyclers.

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When Will American Airlines Have Their Own Boeing 787 Dreamliners?

March 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


Of course it won't have the old stripes...

It's official: a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilot training simulator is in the house at American Airlines HQ in Dallas, and you know what that means? The actual airplane can't be too far behind!

American is due to receive 42 total Dreamliners (12 787-8s and 30 787-9s) and the first delivery should happen in the fourth quarter of 2014. All we want for Christmas is the option to fly an American Airlines 787, truly.

These planes were first projected to arrive in 2012, but you know how the Dreamliner program met with delays? At least it's two years late, but not too late.

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Virgin Atlantic's 787-9 Dreamliner: Where It's Going and What's Inside

March 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

After all the hype (and drama) with the introduction of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, this summer should see the arrival of another 787 sibling to the family, the 787-9. Like the long-wheelbase version to the existing 787-8, Air New Zealand will be the first to fly it, but Virgin Atlantic is hoping to get their hands on the first few of their order list too.

While the airline hasn’t formally announced launch routes yet, it did brainstorm possible destinations way back when the aircraft order was placed, before being hit with its years of production delays.

So what will it be? In addition to replacing older aircraft for routes in its existing network (we wouldn’t be surprised if it goes head to head with some of the choices British Airways has made), Virgin mentioned routes of London to cities like Bangkok, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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American Airlines is Updating Some 767s and Flying the First to Europe

March 10, 2014 at 7:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve had a thing for American Airlines over the last year, and rightfully so. The carrier gobbled up a competitor, scored a new paint job and branding, and ordered a bunch of new airplanes. They’re going for a fresh look and identity moving forward, and the latest plans to upgrade some less-than-new Boeing 767s just moves them further forward.

One could call the Boeing 767-300ER the workhorse of the carrier’s fleet, and they’re going to upgrade and improve the business class cabin and most of the other interior bits and pieces in about half of the them. It sounds like April 1 will be the day these updated planes hit the skies, as a nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Zurich will be the first route with the refreshed aircraft.

The planes will head into the hangar for this extended maintenance through 2015, so be on the lookout for more and more updated aircraft arriving to a route near you.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Missing with 239 Onboard

March 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: 9M-MRO, the aircraft involved

BREAKING NEWS

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has disappeared over where the Gulf of Thailand becomes the South China Sea, and neither the airline nor authorities are sure of its whereabouts or fate.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41am local time Saturday and disappeared at 2:40am. It was meant to land in Beijing at 6:30am local time but, as we write this, it is already past 10am without any sign of the aircraft. The last radio contact and position on FlightRadar24 shows it traveling on course at 35,000 feet.

Malaysia Airlines hosted a press conference to confirm that there is a search and rescue operation underway. Fuad Sharuji, Malaysia Airlines VP of Operations, on CNN's AC360, states the only definite: "at the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now."

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A New Plane for a New Route: British Airways' 787 Now Flies to Austin, TX

March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival doesn't begin until this weekend, the city of Austin, TX was already in quite a flutter yesterday, with the arrival of their first transatlantic flight. Even better is that the airline is British Airways, who've put their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the nonstop route. Right now, the flight only operates five times a week, but will increase to daily service as soon as this May.

Texans used to flying other airlines and connecting to London can check out a sample of one of the plane's seats as part of a pop-up British Airways experience in the lobby of Austin's Driskill Hotel. Of course, there's always our own 40-image photo gallery and a few things the BA 787 has that other airplanes do not.

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Here's One Airplane Bathroom That's Impervious to Hijacking

February 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the cockpit lavatory of the Boeing 747-8i

There's a new jumbo jet plying the skies—the Boeing 747-8. Unfortunately it's not among Boeing's top sellers, and only one airline (Lufthansa) is currently flying it with passengers.

We mention it now because the 747-8 is the only Boeing commercial aircraft with a built-in feature which would've prevented a hijacking situation like what happened with Ethiopian flight 702 earlier today. That feature: a restroom and rest area just for the cockpit, located behind the armored flight deck door, which means both pilot and co-pilot never have to leave the secure area to use the restroom.

At the debut of the 747-8 Intercontinental in June 2012, Boeing chief pilot Mark Feuerstein noted the advantages of having this lavatory and crew rest quarters inside the cockpit, as it increases security and minimizes flight crew absence from the flight deck. [Update: The restroom within the flight deck is actually an option on all 747s, and some older 747-400s have it (such as in the case of Qantas' 744 fleet), but the 747-8i is the first aircraft where it's been the popular option].

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Throwback Thursday: Did You Know United Airlines Once Had Helicopters to Disneyland?

January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.

These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:

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Travel Snapshot: Still So in Love with the Dreamliner's Auto-Dimming Windows

December 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ahh, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, currently the most advanced passenger aircraft to take to the skies. Although it's now over two years since the first airline (ANA) received the keys, there's still plenty of flyers out there waiting for their chance to experience a Dreamliner.

In addition to new features like improved fuel efficiency, increased passenger comfort, fancier lighting, gentler pressurization, and bigger overhead bins, we're pretty enthralled by the windows!

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