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Boeing 757 vs. 777: How Do They Compare?

The narrowbody Boeing 757 and widebody Boeing 777 are quite different aircraft, both physically, and in terms of the main markets that they serve. These two aircraft embarked on their first commercial flights in 1983 and 1995 respectively. The 757 production run ended in 2005, having been succeeded by new aircraft such as the Boeing …

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How Do Airports Make Money?

How Do Airports Make Money?

Airports generate revenues in a variety of ways to pay for operational costs (staff, utilities, etc.), fund capital investments, pay for capital borrowing costs, and in the case of private airports, pay a return to investors. Airport revenues are usually classified into one of two main categories – aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues. And, in each …

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Lufthansa Senator Lounge New York JFK

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge at New York JFK Airport

After spending a few hours walking around New York and then briefly visiting the TWA Hotel at JFK airport that I stayed at a couple of years ago, I made my way to terminal 1 where my Austrian Airlines flight to Vienna was departing from. The check-in was smooth, and while it took some time …

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Airbus A320

Where Are Airbus Aircraft Made?

The manufacture of an Airbus aircraft involves millions of individual parts which are sourced from across the globe. Airbus operates a multitude of manufacturing plants around the world and twelve final assembly lines across five global locations. Unlike Boeing which carries out final assembly only in the USA, Airbus has multiple final assembly plants outside …

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Is Malaysia Airlines Safe?

Is Malaysia Airlines Safe? (Yes, It Is.)

Malaysia Airlines is infamous for two very tragic events in 2014 – one remains a complete mystery with the cause still unknown and the other was an act of international aggression against the Malaysia Airlines aircraft. Whilst we can’t ignore these two tragedies, they do need to be put into context as two unrelated and …

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Is Air France Safe?

Is Air France Safe? (Yes, It Is.)

It’s true that in the past Air France has had a somewhat checkered reputation when it comes to safety. During the late 1980s, it suffered a couple of fatal air crashes. Those were followed in 2000 by the Concorde disaster at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport which signaled the demise of the supersonic jet’s services. …

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JAL 777-300ER First Class Seat

Review: JAL 777-300ER First Class from Tokyo Haneda to New York JFK

With limited award availability between Japan and Europe, I decided to start my most recent trip with a flight to New York. Considering that I had some Alaska Airlines miles to burn, wanted to try JAL’s international first class for a long time, and there was award availability on the day I wanted to travel, …

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Boeing 737 vs. 757

Boeing 737 vs. 757: How Do They Compare?

Both the 737 and 757 are popular Boeing narrowbody twinjets. That said, the 737 far outstrips the 757 in terms of sales and longevity. The 737 was introduced some 16 years before the 757 first appeared and continues to be produced some 17 years after the last 757 rolled off Boeing’s production line.  In this …

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JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda

Review: JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda Airport

As part of my most recent trip to Europe, I flew in JAL’s first class from Tokyo to New York. While I visited JAL’s first class lounge at Narita airport before, this trip gave me a chance to pay a visit to the one at Haneda airport which is considerably nicer. Continue reading the article …

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