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The storied Boeing 747, world’s first jumbo jet, is cleared for retirement

January 11, 2018

Ask a person to name a passenger airliner and the first numbers that will pass their lips will most likely be the 747. The so-called Queen of the Skies, aviation’s first jumbo jet, is being retired after more than four decades of operation and carrying over 3.5 billion passengers the world over. The 747, manufactured by Boeing Company, started carrying passengers in 1970, when its big selling point was that it could transport 400-plus passengers, more than twice as many as the largest airliner previously in use. Despite its storied history and longtime dominance, the 747 is being phased out in favor of lighter, more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient jets, such as Boeing’s 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Two of the largest U.S. air carriers, United and Delta, announced last year they were retiring the 747 from their fleets. United sent one of its last 747s on a farewell tour of its major hubs during the fall of 2017. Seats on the airline’s final 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu took place in November and sold out within … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Air travel survival tips for the holidays

December 21, 2017

Imagine you’re preparing for holiday travel, only to find out that your American Airlines flight is in danger of being canceled because of a scheduling glitch that created a vast shortage of pilots during Christmas and New Year’s. Or, you’re at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — the world’s busiest airport — when a sudden power outage shuts down the terminals and forces the cancellation of hundreds of flights. In the first case, American Airlines took emergency measure to rectify the glitch and restore its flight schedule, much to the chagrin of pilots who lost out on their holiday time off. In the second case, travelers were not so fortunate, as it took nearly 11 hours to restore power to Hartsfield-Jackson International. Both cases — and many others throughout the history of aviation — underscore the necessity to be prepared for the unforeseen with some survival tips, especially since well over 6 million people are scheduled to travel by air this holiday season. Given the prospects that things could go wrong at certain airports or airlines, reporter Kara Driscoll of the Dayton Daily News drafted a story suggesting air travelers observe these five travel tips … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Over the top: Automated drone taxis promise to fly travelers to their destinations

December 13, 2017

One of the great things about technology is that it has advanced to the point that it is now showing the promise of solving problems that have previously been considered intractable. Think about self-driving cars ability to substantially reduce the number of accidents (almost all accidents are human error) and, hence, vastly improve traffic flow on busy highways and thoroughfares. The full deployment of self-driving cars could take a long time, though, and is an expensive proposition, at least in the near term. Yet another transportation technology that could leapfrog driverless cars is about to be deployed in Dubai and probably many other cities in the not-too-distant future. They are self-navigating drone taxis that can be called to the scene via an app on your smart phone, so you can be transported by air to the destination, without the time and frustration involved in traffic jams. The Volocopter, manufacturer by a German company, is the drone in question, though a competing Chinese company named eHang was supposed to be the first to launch a fleet of flying taxis in the city, but its plans appear to have … (click on the headline to continue reading)

New sleep technologies that can aid sleep-deprived travelers

November 27, 2017

It is often more difficult to get a full night’s sleep while traveling. But the truth is, a very high percentage of us have trouble sleeping whether at home or traveling. Some 41 million Americans alone (30 percent of the U.S. population) are sleep-deprived — sleeping six or fewer hours per night — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re wondering if you are suffering from lack of sleep, consider this list of sleep-deprivation symptoms from Health.com: You’re always hungry. You’ve gained weight. You’re more impulsive. Your memory isn’t what it used to be. You’re having trouble making decisions. Your motor skills (coordination) is off. Your emotions are erratic. You’re getting sick often. Your complexion is blemished. Keep in mind that lack of sleep can be a serious health issue. The good news is that there are a host of new tech gadgets that poor sleepers can use to enhance their nighttime rest … (click on the headline to continue reading)

High-flying luxury for airline passengers willing to pay a premium

November 18, 2017

Luxury on some of the world’s airlines has never been more luxurious for those with the means and desire for extra space and special attention from airline crews. Consider some of the most luxurious options. Qatar Airways has introduced double beds with privacy panels allow couples complete privacy from flight attendants and other passengers. The “room” comes with a DO NOT DISTURB sign. The seats in the luxury cabin are finished with hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing. Nice. Not to be outdone, Singapore Airlines first-class cabin is … (click on the headline to continue reading)