The Biggest Airlines, Ranked By Thanksgiving Delays

Airport Flight Delays

Holiday travel is hell. Combine early winter weather with hoards of angry passengers rushing for their childhood twin beds, and delays are pretty much a given. So how long will you yourself get to spend sightseeing around a crowded airport terminal? Depends on who you fly. Since not all airlines are created equal, we’ve averaged […]

Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 787 tests green aviation technologies

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving aviation’s environmental performance through every phase of flight. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program accelerates the testing, refinement and use of new technologies and methods that can improve efficiency and reduce noise. This new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, […]

How to book the cheapest airline flight

Airfare Ticket

How airlines price their tickets is a source of many myths and urban legends. These include tips about the best day of the week to buy a ticket, last-minute discounts offered by the airlines, and the conspiracy theories suggesting that the carriers use cookies to increase prices for their passengers. None of these is entirely […]

Is Boeing 767 Running out of Time?

Boeing B767-300ER

In the 1980s, Boeing ‘s 767 was the most modern plane — the first twin-engine wide-body that could carry a good number of passengers over long distances. Scott Hamilton of Leeham says that in those days, airlines used only “three- and four-engine airplanes” for trans-ocean air travel. But after the FAA gave approval to a […]

Boeing’s South Carolina Facility Begins Final Assembly of The First 787-9

Boeing 787-9

Boeing’s South Carolina facility has begun final assembly of its 787-9 Dreamliner, the company said. The team there began joining the large fuselage sections of Boeing’s newest 787 on Saturday on schedule, it said. It’s a milestone for the team and another sign of stability for the program, Boeing said. Boeing also performs 787-9 final […]

What It Felt Like to Fly The Concorde

Concorde

Concorde was the most glamorous airliner the world has seen. But what was it like to fly? Jack Stewart delves inside the Science in Action archive to find out. It was the ultimate airliner. From 1976 until its retirement in 2003, few things in life signified luxury quite so much as a flight on Concorde. […]

Boeing’s 777 Problem: Delta and Everyone Else Want Newer Planes

Delta airlines

Boeing faces that issue with its 777, a jumbo jet that has become a well-liked staple of global airline fleets over the past 15 years. The 777 sales problem drew a fresh spotlight this week, when Delta Air Lines announced an order for 50 twin-aisle jets from Airbus, split between the A350 and A330neo models, […]

Frontier Airlines Orders 9 Airbus A321 Jets

Airbus A321

Frontier Airlines announced an order for nine Airbus A321 narrow-body aircraft on Monday. Frontier, which is in the process of transforming itself into a so-called “ultra low-cost carrier,” already flies an all Airbus fleet, though it does not yet fly the A321. The A321 is the largest of Airbus’ “A320 family” of aircraft that also […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: When Can It Churn Profits and Generate Cash Flows?

Aeromexico Boeing 787

Boeing’s clean-slate, ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner has clocked north of 490,000 hours in service with 21 airline operators since its service entry in November 2011. The company touts the plane as the first-ever aircraft with 50% structure made of composite material, making it extremely light and efficient. The long-range, midsized, wide-body jet consumes at least 20% […]