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New Boeing 737 Will Cram 11 More Passengers Into Coach

While tall people generally have an advantage in athletics, romance, job-hunting, and attending concerts, there is at least one aspect of modern living for which it’s better to be shorter in stature — flying coach. But aircraft biggie Boeing is attempting to take even that one minor victory away from those of below-average height, by cramming additional rows of seats into its already jam-packed 737 seats. [More]

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What Are America’s Most Damaged Brands Right Now?

How mighty brands fall. Bad leadership, bad planning, a run of bad products: any of these can damage a brand in a short amount of time, and it can take years to recover: if, indeed, the brand recovers at all. What brands are the most battered in the United States right now? 24/7 Wall Street rounded them up, based on which publicly-traded major companies are currently dealing with aggressive competition, reputation disasters, and a lack of direction. [More]

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FAA Gives The Nod To Boeing’s Plan To Fix Its Dreamliner Battery Problem

It’s been a bit turbulent for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners, which have been grounded since mid-January around the world after various technological problems, glitches and fires which were thought to be caused by batteries malfunctioning. The company has been feverishly investigating the planes and it seems those efforts are paying off, as the Federal Aviation Administration has given the okay to Boeing’s proposed fix. [More]

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FAA Orders U.S. Airlines To Ground All 787 Boeing Dreamliners

Another day, another bit of bad news for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the airlines that fly the aircraft: The Federal Aviation Administration’s regulators have ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily ground any Dreamliner planes they fly, pending a further investigation into recent safety issues that have cropped up. [More]

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Timing Is Everything: Polish Airline Debuting New Dreamliner Service In U.S. Today

Oh boy. A Polish airline has picked a doozy of a day to introduce its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner service in the U.S. Just this morning two Japanese airlines announced they’re grounding their fleets of Dreamliners after a spate of recent issues, one of which prompted an emergency landing, and the Federal Aviation Administration has joined the fun with an investigation of its own. Which makes LOT airlines’ debut date of today well, interesting timing. [More]

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FAA Opens Probe Into The Beleaguered Dreamliner & Its Recent Spate Of Problems

For all the years we heard whispers and excited buzzing about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner before its debut, it seemed sort of like a mythical flying beast. And since its inaugural U.S. commercial flight in November it’s definitely becoming legendary — but for all the wrong reasons. The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a probe into the beleaguered plane after a recent spate of problems. [More]

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Boeing Using Potatoes As Stand-Ins For Human Passengers To Test Wi-Fi Signals

Potato, potato. Either way you say it (or slice it, then fry it up real nice), Boeing is using sacks of the starchy stuff to test airplane Wi-Fi signals. Apparently the human body and sacks of potatoes have enough in common that the company can figure out how signals will bounce around onboard using the food as stand-ins. [More]

The 26 Top CEOs Who Made More Than Their Companies Paid In Federal Taxes

The 26 Top CEOs Who Made More Than Their Companies Paid In Federal Taxes

Once again, it’s time for the annual Institute for Policy Studies report on which top CEOs are earning more money than the companies they work for are paying out to federal government in taxes. [More]

Ryanair Now Planning To Remove Toilets From Planes

Ryanair Now Planning To Remove Toilets From Planes

It’s been more than a year since we’ve heard much about cheapy European airline Ryanair’s grand plan to charge people to use the toilet. That’s because the carrier has apparently ditched the scheme in favor of simply removing two out of three toilets from each of their planes. [More]

Feds Charge 37 Boeing Workers In Drug Bust

Feds Charge 37 Boeing Workers In Drug Bust

Giving headline writers an excellent opportunity to make puns about aerospace workers getting high, federal agents arrested 37 Boeing workers in a drug bust at a plant near Philadelphia. The undercover operation was a four-year sting meant to expose a ring of prescription drug abuse. [More]

FAA Calls For Mandatory Inspection Of Older Boeing 737s

FAA Calls For Mandatory Inspection Of Older Boeing 737s

Following this past weekend’s incident in which a Southwest Airlines jet suddenly got a sunroof when a hole opened up in the plane’s fuselage and the subsequent finding of problematic cracking on at least three other Southwest jets, the FAA is set to require inspections of around 175 older Boeing 737s. [More]

Boeing Calls BS On Ryanair's Standing Room Seats

Boeing Calls BS On Ryanair's Standing Room Seats

Last week, cheapo airline Ryanair once again raised hackles and made headlines saying plans to introduce vertical “standing room” seats on its planes. However, it’s looking like this may be yet another PR stunt from Ryanair’s loudmouth CEO. [More]

Structural Cracks Found On American Airlines Jets, One Could Have Lost Engine

Structural Cracks Found On American Airlines Jets, One Could Have Lost Engine

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that structural cracks were discovered on at least two American Airlines Boeing 767s, and air-safety regulators believe that one of them “easily could have lost an engine.” [More]

Watch Boeing Build A Plane For Southwest

Watch Boeing Build A Plane For Southwest

This time-lapse video of a Boeing manufacturing facility is pretty awesome, if you’re into watching “how it’s made” type stuff or if you like to see sped-up footage of people. I recommend keeping the volume down and making up your own sound effects starting at 1:03, when employees begin to test everything on the plane. [More]

American Airlines Jet Goes Muddin', Gets Stuck

American Airlines Jet Goes Muddin', Gets Stuck

Talk about having one of those days… A jet belonging to American Airlines spent eight hours mired down — literally — at Sea-Tac International Airport outside of Seattle on Saturday after it got stuck in six inches of mud. [More]

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FAA orders more inspections of potentially sketchy older “Boeing 737 jetliners after numerous reports of fuel leaks caused by a potentially faulty bolt,” says the Associated Press. [AP]

FAA: New Planes Are Held Together With "Substandard" Parts

FAA: New Planes Are Held Together With "Substandard" Parts

Terrible news for anyone afraid of flying: the FAA is reporting that the newest passenger planes are held together with “substandard” parts. The oversight at several supplier factories was so shoddy that workers were caught using rulers made of scotch-tape and paper.

New Boeing 787 More Likely Than Other Planes To Be Unsafe… After Crashing?

New Boeing 787 More Likely Than Other Planes To Be Unsafe… After Crashing?

UPDATE: Cirrus Designs, UCLA, and Airbus refute these claims.