Frequent flyers reveal the tricks and tips that make flying through North America's most frustrating airports more tolerable.
Some 3.55 million people are expected to fly this Thanksgiving weekend, making this year’s busiest travel weekend the most crowded since 2007, according to AAA. (If it’s any consolation, the roads will also be jammed.) It’s going to be just as bad as it sounds: the new Bloomberg Airport Frustration Index reveals that some of the more annoying airports in North America—including LaGuardia, O’Hare, Miami, and LAX—are also among the most heavily traveled.
The last Swiss TestFlight of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) will take place tomorrow! Come watch it in Payerne, Switzerland.
The aircraft will soon be dismantled and transported to Abu Dhabi, where SI2 will start the Round-The-World adventure with Pilots Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and the Solar Impulse Team. Follow the historic event on: www.solarimpulse.com
Airbus Group NV won a deal from Delta Air Lines Inc. for 50 twin-aisle jetliners, according to a person familiar with the agreement, a big victory for the European company in its battle with Boeing Co. to sell long-range passenger aircraft.
The No. 3 U.S. airline by traffic is ordering 25 long-range A350-900s and 25 A330-900neo jets, the person said. The deal would be valued around $14.3 billion at list prices, not including steep discounts the manufacturers regularly give to airlines.
Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) launched its 737 family of jets in 1964, and since then the company has snagged 12,257 firm orders for the plane. Airbus launched its competitor single-aisle, narrow-body family, the A320, in March 1984 and claims 11,021 firm orders since the A320’s launch.
Boeing’s 20-year longevity lead tips the scales in the company’s favor, but if only orders since the A320’s launch are counted, Airbus has taken roughly 52% of the orders, compared with 48% for Boeing. The data have been compiled by industry analyst and consulting firm Leeham and independent website pdxlight.
One flight I was on had a particularly robust passenger. So robust, in fact, that he purchased three seats.
He was nice enough and the flight went along smoothly, until he got up to use the restroom. Airplane bathrooms are small for average-sized people. If you are a person who needs three seats, that airplane bathroom will not be OK for you. He managed to get in and shut the door. Five minutes later, the flight attendant call bell from inside the bathroom rang. A petite flight attendant responded to the call bell and asked if the passenger was OK. He opened the door a bit and said he needed help wiping because he couldn’t reach. This attendant frantically waved her hand in front of her mouth and said, “Oh, no, sir: We only do food and beverage … only food and beverage!”
To industrially accompany the A350 XWB ramp-up and other aircraft production rate increases, Airbus took the decision to launch the development and production of five new Belugas.
The new Beluga will be based on the A330 with a large re-use of existing components and equipment. The distinctive looking lowered cockpit, the cargo bay structure and the rear-end and tail will be amongst the items which will be newly developed.
We figure orders for the 737 MAX lag behind those for the A320 neo as the latter was launched by Airbus a full year before Boeing launched the 737 MAX. Gains from that launch lead are still accruing to Airbus, positioning its A320 neo in lead in terms of total orders. However, 737 MAX’s steadily growing order book will likely play a key role in allowing Boeing to retain its share of the global commercial airplane market in the coming years.
A cockpit dash camera has recorded the dreadful moment a light aircraft crashed in Russia. The plane went down shortly before a scheduled landing as the two pilots failed to perform a go-around. A 44-year-old pilot died immediately.
A new study has found that expert pilots’ brains process visual data more efficiently, allowing them time to make better decisions when landing.
Landing an airplane is one of the most difficult piloting techniques to master, and the stats show it: 36 percent of all airplane accidents and 25 percent of fatalities occur during the final approach and landing.
New research by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System reveals that expert pilots make better decisions during this phase than less experienced pilots because their brains behave more efficiently.
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock-up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today the renewal of its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse SA and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the record-breaking, solar-powered, round the world airplane project. The Solar Impulse 2 airplane, revealed on April 9 and successfully test flown in June of this year, is designed using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Solar Impulse uses Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including its CATIA and ENOVIA applications, to design, build, and validate this second solar airplane. Solar Impulse 1 was a test bed for the incredibly complex new technologies required to fly day and night using solar energy alone. Solar Impulse 2 will carry the mission forward and fly around the world in 2015.
Lufthansa, the biggest airline in Europe by passengers carried, is converting one of its airplanes into an “Ebola jet,” whose mission will be ferrying health personnel to treatment facilities in the West.
According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Lufthansa will turn one of its Airbus A340 long-range planes into a medical evacuation transport, featuring three “isolation cells” that will ensure patients can be transported safely.
(Reuters) - Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the future American human space capsule, Orion, marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S. space project, it said on Monday.
Europe's largest aerospace group said the contract, signed with the European Space Agency, was worth around 390 million euros ($488 million).
The contract comes days after European scientists celebrated landing a probe on the surface of a comet for the first time.
From smoking on the plane to awful but free food on the plane, here are 15 things about flying from the “good old days” of the 1980s.: There were meals, You could smoke, Music was only available through in-flight radio or your Walkman, There was no Internet to buy tickets, You showed up 20 minutes before your flight, and got on, People met you at the gate, Unlimited checked bags, FO’ FREE, You needed ACTUAL tickets to board your flight,... and Flights cost more. A LOT more !...
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is hoping to patent a new plane that looks more like a doughnut or flying saucer than the usual cylinder-shaped passenger plane.
The France-based company filed a patent application at the end of October for a new type of aircraft, structured to limit the strain of cabin pressurization. The design also offers space for more passengers, who will sit in a 360 degree cabin, rather like an amphitheater.
With the remaining Boeing 757s headed into at least their second decade of use, Airbus is looking to replace them with its own aircraft.
Currently, Airbus is looking to get the A321neo certified for a higher maximum takeoff weight, which would allow it to carry additional fuel tanks and extend its range. In a statement from Airbus, as reported by Bloomberg, the manufacturer said, "The higher maximum takeoff weight version of the A321neo will be the ideal 757 replacement, with true trans-Atlantic range, 25 percent lower fuel burn, and true, long-range comfort."
United Airlines launched its first non-stop Melbourne-Los Angeles flights with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - the longest Dreamliner route in the world - with a cake and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.
Passengers were greeted with red, white and blue balloons upon check-in and invited to join executives from United, Melbourne Airport, Boeing and Los Angeles Tourism for champagne and cake to celebrate the new flights. Each passenger was also given a certificate to mark the occasion.