The Stratocruiser featured an extra-wide passenger cabin and a circular staircase that led to a lower-deck beverage lounge. The sleeper version of the Stratocruiser was equipped with 28 upper-and-lower bunk units.
Delta Air Lines, the second-largest US carrier by revenues, on Thursday ordered 100 Boeing narrow-body jets worth more than $8.5bn at list prices, giving the US aerospace company a welcome boost after a series of setbacks.
Last month Boeing was forced to split a large order from American Airlines with its arch-rival Airbus, part of Europe’s EADS, and was hurried into announcing a plan to upgrade its best-selling 737 family of narrow-body aircraft rather than building an all new small jet.
The Boeing Co. named a new commercial airplanes sales chief in a string of leadership changes announced on Friday. Ray Conner will lead Boeing's airplane sales effort, replacing Marlin Dailey. Dailey was named president of Boeing in northern Europe, Germany and Africa. The move comes after Boeing allowed rival Airbus to grab a larger piece of a lucrative order with American Airlines last month. American had been loyal to Boeing for decades until it placed an order for 260 Airbus single-aisle aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier also ordered 200 Boeing jets.
Often regarded as the pinnacle of flying luxury, the Boeing 314 Clipper could whisk passengers off to such far off places as Hawaii and China in only a matter of a few days. The huge aircraft carried people around the globe during the 1930′s and early 1940′s and with an astonishing range of 3,500 miles it made reliable intercontinental air travel a reality.