These Are the New Planes Boeing, Airbus and Embraer Are Launching in 2017

The competition between the world’s two biggest commercial airplane manufacturers continues in earnest this year, with the US-headquartered Boeing and Europe’s Airbus planning to test and launch a large swath of new models over the next 12 months. Add to that new aircraft offerings from South American-based Embraer — one of which is expected to fly for…

Iran Orders Planes From Boeing, But Can It Pay for Them?

Yesterday Iran and Boeing announced an agreement for the purchase of 80 new commercial aircraft for use by Iran Air, the country’s national airline. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether the nation could come up with financing for the purchase, or if the sale would have enough political support in Congress and from the incoming White House to avoid being…

FAA Requiring Airlines to Reboot Dreamliners Every Three Weeks

There’s a reason for the IT trope “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” The simple act of restarting your computer or phone can clear out the memory and fix many simple problems. Turns out, this issue is a lot more critical for Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has indicated that…

Trump Slams ‘$4 Billion’ Air Force One Contract

President-elect Donald Trump announced on Twitter today that he wants to cancel the Defense Department’s contract with Boeing for new 747-8 aircraft. Currently, the Air Force One fleet has two 747-200 aircraft, which are set to be replaced with the newer and more fuel efficient 747-8. Chicago-based Boeing and the Pentagon announced the deal for the…

Flight Review: American Airlines (787-9) Business Class From Los Angeles to Dallas

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve TO THE POINT: American Airlines’ 787-9 business class establishes itself as a finalist for the best in the fleet. The pros: a lie-flat seat, top-notch Dreamliner windows and an excellent entertainment system. The cons: lack of foot room for taller…

Flight Review: American Airlines (787-9) Premium Economy From Dallas to Los Angeles

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve TO THE POINT: American Airlines’ 787-9 premium economy seats effectively bridge the growing gap between international economy and business-class cabins. The pros: much more legroom, wider seats, larger IFE screens and improved recline. The cons: disappointing footrests for two-thirds…

This Video of a Crazy Crosswind Landing Will Make Your Heart Jump

We see a lot of hairy landings at TPG, but this might be the craziest. In this crazy aviation video, a crosswind almost derails a 737’s landing. The crew and passengers were surely holding their breath on this flight. The Boeing 737-400, operated by Air Horizont, approaches the runway at Václav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague. According to the…

Wired Takes Viewers Inside the 737 MAX Test Plane

While it’s not the sexiest plane out there, the Boeing 737 is the world’s most sold — with more than 9,200 Boeing 737s delivered — and flown aircraft. Its versatility allows carriers like RyanAir to pack 189 passengers for short hops in Europe or airlines like SAS to offer an all-business transatlantic flight with 44 seats from Texas to Norway. Still, Boeing isn’t resting on its…

Cathay Pacific’s Adding 10-Across Seating on Its 777s

Along with Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific has one of the top economy class products flying between North America and Asia. In addition to good food, solid in-flight entertainment and excellent service, the carrier’s 777 are currently configured on the spacious side for standard economy — with 32 inches of pitch and 18.5-inch wide seats. As more airlines are configuring…

Whose Plane Is Better? Donald Trump’s 757 vs. Hillary Clinton’s 737

Hillary Clinton unveiled her campaign jet last week, a Boeing 737 with the slogan “Stronger Together” emblazoned on the side. Shortly after showing off its new wings, the Clinton campaign took off and headed to Ohio for a rally. After touching down in Cleveland, an odd sight appeared just across the tarmac. It was Donald Trump’s plane. The Boeing 757…