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Alaska Airlines just took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, becoming the 4th in the US to fly the controversial jet

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max on Sunday, the last in the US to do so. Pilots and mechanics will undergo additional training while proving runs will be flown across the country. The first flight is scheduled for March 1 as AS482 from Seattle to San Diego.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alaska Airlines on Sunday inducted a new aircraft into its fleet, the Boeing 737 Max. The first of a newly ...
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Boeing will stop making the 747 after more than 51 years of passenger flight. Here's the history of how the iconic plane changed the world.

A Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Boeing's most iconic aircraft — the 747 — is celebrating 51 years of passenger service in January. Most of the world's airlines, however, are retiring their 747s in favor of new, fuel-efficient jets. The final models will be delivered to cargo giant Atlas Air in 2022, marking the end of the program. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the greatest feats of American aerospace engineering celebrated 50 years of pas...
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Airlines have banned more than 2,500 passengers for not wearing masks - here are the carriers that have booted the most

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider More than 2,500 passengers have been banned from US airlines for non-compliance with mask policies.  Delta Air Lines banned 880 passengers, including six on a flight where Mitt Romney was harassed.  President Joe Biden signed a mask mandate for air travelers on his first full day in office. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden just signed an executive order to mandate ma...
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Biden just signed an executive order that mandates mask-wearing while flying and utilizing most forms of mass transit

Then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday requiring air passengers wear masks. Airports and commercial aircraft are included, as well as other modes of transport including trains. New testing requirements to enter the US from abroad are also being reviewed.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Preside...
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Biden flew to DC on a luxurious Boeing 737 private jet with its own master bedroom and shower - see inside

Joe Biden flying to Washington, DC ahead of his inauguration. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty President Joe Biden flew to Washington, DC on a Boeing 737 private jet instead of an Air Force plane. The airliner-turned-private-jet is favored among the wealthy jet set for its range and spacious cabin. Amtrak was the president's first choice of transport but security concerns scrubbed the plan. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden arrived in Washington, DC ahead of his i...
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Biden will be the first president to use the new Air Force One - here's what we know about the $5.3 billion aircraft

Air Force One. w_p_o/ The current Air Force One aircraft are scheduled to be upgraded with the replacements to soon be delivered to Andrews Air Force Base for use by the president and his staff.  The Boeing 747-8i aircraft will be replacing the aging models first used by President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s. Despite cost-saving efforts by President Donald Trump, the replacement program is still estimated to cost $5.3 billion. The most recognizable plane in the worl...
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Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
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Allegiant Air is adding 21 low-cost leisure routes to this year with service to 3 new cities - here's the full list

An Allegiant Air Airbus A320 aircraft. Ryan Fletcher / Allegiant Air is adding 21 new routes and three new cities in 2021. The route expansion spans from coast to coast with the first routes launching in March. Regions with beaches, national parks, and/or mountains are among the main focus as that's where travel trends are now pointing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Allegiant Air is continuing a nationwide expansion with 21 new routes planned for 2021...
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United is preparing for a Boeing 737 Max resurgence in February with the 12 first routes just added to its schedule - here's the full list

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. Philip Pilosian/ United Airlines revealed the first 12 routes that its Boeing 737 Max aircraft will fly. The newly ungrounded jets will be based in Denver and Houston with routes from coast to coast. United operates the larger Boeing 737 Max 9 jet and is currently the only airline in the US to operate the type. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. United Airlines has scheduled the first routes for its Boeing 737 Max aircraf...
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Boeing just announced the definitive end of the legendary 747 as cargo giant Atlas Air places an order for the final 4 planes

An Atlas Air Boeing 747-8F. Thomas Frey/picture alliance/Getty Atlas Air on Tuesday announced a four-aircraft order for the Boeing 747-8F, the largest mass-produced freighter from the American aircraft manufacturer.  Boeing said that these will be the last 747 ever built as the program comes to a close after a half-century. Demand for cargo planes has skyrocketed during the pandemic and the 747 provided the one thing most freighters could not with its nose loading door.  Visit Business Ins...
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The Indonesian airline that just suffered another Boeing 737 crash has a history of 4 accidents in the last 9 years - all with the same plane

A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-300. CLARA PRIMA/AFP Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya Air has a track record of incidents with the Boeing 737, mostly from pilot error and aircraft overshooting the runway on landing.  Saturday's incident is the airline's fifth incident with the Boeing 737 since 2008 and the only one in which passengers lost their lives. The Boeing 737, however, has been a proven safe aircraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sriwijaya Air is still reeling from th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, News, Air Travel, Indonesia, Planes, Trends, Spain, European Union, Flying, Belgium, Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, Plane Crash, Airlines

JetBlue just unveiled the ultra-modern cabin of its latest plane - take a look inside its brand-new Airbus A220 jets

JetBlue Airways unveiled the cabin of its new Airbus A220 aircraft that will replace the aging Embraer E190 flight.  The 140-seat cabin is arranged in a unique 2-3 configuration with no shortage of the perks for which JetBlue is known including free in-flight entertainment and WiFi.  Flights begin in the spring starting on the Boston-Fort Lauderdale route before the aircraft expands to cities across the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. JetBlue Airways on Tuesday unveiled ...
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The Capitol riots caused chaos in the skies as airlines flew protesters home from a violent day in Washington, DC

Pilots chatting in front of an American Airlines plane. Mike Stone/Reuters Airlines have been flying protesters home from last week's "Stop the Steal" rally-turned-riot and some continued rallying while in the air. An American Airlines flight turned into an aerial rally as passengers began chanting "USA," prompting the pilot to threaten to land the plane. Alaska Airlines reported banning 14 passengers after "non-mask compliant," "rowdy," and "argumentative" behavior on a flight from Washin...
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The 20 safest airlines to fly in 2021, according to experts

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Los Angeles International Airport. Markus Mainka/ AirlineRatings just unveiled its list of the world's safest airlines for 2021, according to the site's experts, narrowing the top 20 from a list of 385. The US had a great showing with six of the 11 major American carriers making the top 20 cut while Asia performed poorly.  Carriers in Oceania and the Middle East also dominated the highest spots, continuing the trend from last year. Vis...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Safety, Boston, Singapore, Planes, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends

How airlines are responding to Wednesday's siege at the US Capitol as they're faced with the prospect of flying rioters home

The US Capitol Building seen from Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan National Airport. Douglas Litchfield/ Airlines are preparing for the worst as protests in Washington, DC turned into riots on Wednesday, and some participants will now be boarding aircraft to fly home.  Some airlines are banning alcohol on their flights departing Washington and moving their flight crews out of downtown hotels. Protesters harassed and heckled Utah Senator Mitt Romney while on a Tuesday flig...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Utah, Politics, News, Air Travel, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Flying, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, Delta, Mitt Romney, Aviation

American Airlines just ramped up its Boeing 737 Max operations after a week of successful trial flights

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Joe Raedle/Getty Images American Airlines grew its Boeing 737 Max route network on Tuesday to include Washington, DC and Orlando, Florida, as well as New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The next few months will see the aircraft quickly expand across the US, Caribbean, and Latin America as American gets the newly-ungrounded fleet back to full strength.  American began flying passengers on the aircraft again on December 29, 2020, between Mia...
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New York just debuted a $1.6 billion train hall to upgrade its notorious Penn Station, complete with skylight ceilings and a premium lounge - see inside

New York City's new Moynihan Train Hall. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Moynihan Train Hall at New York's Pennsylvania Station opened to the public on New Year's Day, after three years of construction and a total cost of $1.6 billion. Amtrak is the primary tenant with its own waiting rooms and a new premium lounge for first class and frequent riders.   Long Island Rail Road commuters also able to use the facility, but NJ Transit will continue use the old station. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Boston, Trains, New York City, US, Trends, Features, Rail Travel, North America, Amtrak, Penn, Times Square, Penn Station

Emirates just unveiled the swanky high-end design for its new Airbus A380 as most airlines say goodbye to the enormous plane - see inside

An Emirates Airbus A380. Lukas Wunderlich/ Emirates is giving its new Airbus A380s an interior upgrade with each cabin receiving an enhancement. Economy class will receive "ergonomically designed" seats with leather headrests and tray tables with wood finishes. Premium economy will also make its first debut at the airline with 56 recliner seats in an elegant cabin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Emirates is one of the few airlines still flying the Airbu...
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The company that makes these $400,000 overlander off-road RVs with up to 3 beds just added a dual-cab version - see inside

EarthCruiser EXP Dual Cab. EarthCruiser EarthCruiser has unveiled the dual-cab versions of its EXP and FX overlander off-grid, off-road vehicles for $405,000.The 2020 dual-cab homes on wheels are $20,000 more expensive than the single cab versions.The dual-cabs seat two additional people, but the interiors between the single and dual cab versions are the same.The difference between the EXP and FX is the EXP's pop-top roof that allows for an additional sky bed.Visit Business Insider's homepa...
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Flights are being halted at 2 major airports in Texas to disinfect an air traffic control center where 2 workers tested positive for COVID-19 this week

An American Airlines plane at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Cassiohabib/shutterstock The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights departing and arriving into Dallas while a facility is being cleaned after two workers tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Flights are also temporarily barred from landing or taking off from any airport under the airspace, which extends across Northern Texas from parts of New Mexico to parts of Louisiana and Arkansas.  Exac...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Airports, Trends, Arkansas, Dallas, Aviation, New Mexico, Airlines, Louisiana, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines

The Boeing 737 Max is flying passengers again in the US - here's when and where each US airline will be flying it

The Boeing 737 Max 7. Stephen Brashear/Getty US airlines are gearing up to relaunch the Boeing 737 Max back into service following its ungrounding by the Federal Aviation Administration.  American Airlines flew the first passenger flight on Tuesday while United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines will all fly the Max in 2021. All except for Southwest Airlines have scheduled the first routes for the Max with cities including Miami, New York, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and ...
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This off-road Ford camper van has a 'penthouse' roof for up to $225,000 - see inside the Classic 4x4

Sportsmobile Classic 4x4. Sportsmobile Sportsmobile created the Classic four-by-four, an adventure van built on a Ford Cutaway with a "penthouse" pop-top roof.The tiny home on wheels was designed with heavy-duty durability and off-roading in mind.The interior and exterior upgrades vary widely, but the general price range is between $175,000 to $225,000.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Sportsmobile created the Classic, a four-by-four adventure van with a "penthouse" pop-top...
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This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van conversion that can sleep 6 skyrocketed in popularity amid the pandemic - see inside the $68,900 Doc Holiday

An 144-inch Doc Holiday with add-ons. Off Highway Vans Off Highway Van created the Doc Holiday, a customizable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van.The van can accommodate up to six people, making it a good camper van for families with children, according to Off Highway Van's co-founder Seth Riddle.The Doc Holiday has skyrocketed in popularity amid the pandemic as more families started opting for road trips instead of international travels.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Off...
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American Airlines just completed the Boeing 737 Max's first passenger flight in the US since March 2019

An American Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8. American Airlines flew the first scheduled passenger flight in 21 months of the Boeing 737 Max in the US on Tuesday from Miami to New York.  The uneventful flight marked the beginning of a new chapter for the aircraft that aims to restore confidence from the traveling public.  Airlines like American are eager to get the plane flying to take advantage of its economics and get the grounding behind them. The aircraft was grounded for 20 months fol...
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Delta canceled over 300 flights just before Christmas after Thanksgiving travel saw a similar number of issues, revealing a troubling trend for the airline

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Delta Air Lines reported canceling 325 flights in the days leading up to Christmas, which was the busiest travel season of the pandemic. A perfect storm of bad weather and a lack of pilots forced Delta to cancel the flights over a three-day period starting December 23.  Thanksgiving similarly saw over 600 flight cancellations at the airline, revealing a trend of poor performance during the holidays.  Visit Business Insider's hom...
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The new stimulus includes $15 billion for airlines to bring back furloughed workers but their jobs may only last a few months

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport. Philip Pilosian/ The new COVID-19 stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump includes $15 billion for airlines. Workers furloughed from October 1, 2020, will be recalled and given back pay from December 1, 2020. Executive compensation and stock buybacks are also limited and air connectivity will be restored to cities that lost their airlines.  Visit Business Insider...
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Alaska Airlines is buying another 23 Boeing 737 Max jets for a total of 68 and adding new routes to its namesake state

Boeing 737 Max aircraft of Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Gol Linhas Aéreas. LINDSEY WASSON/Reuters Alaska Airlines and Boeing signed an agreement in principle for a total of 68 of the 737 Max aircraft with an option for 52 more. Deliveries will take place over the next four years as Alaska uses the jets to replace its Airbus A320 family fleet.  Alaska has not yet taken delivery of a Boeing 737 Max yet but plans to fly the jet in March 2021. Anchorage, Alaska will also see three ...
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Wealthy Brits are fleeing the UK in private jets to avoid new lockdowns ahead of Christmas while Londoners are trapped in their city

Private jet travelers. Erickson Stock/Shutterstock Private aviation firms are reporting an increase in bookings from over the weekend out of London as the UK government imposes new lockdowns. A new strain of coronavirus prompted the government to shut down most of London and South East England.  Over 40 countries have closed borders with the UK or implemented stricter entry restrictions, leading airlines to cancel flights. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Londoners fl...
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Southwest Airlines is adding 2 new cities to its route network in 2021 as it tries to dominate on the West Coast

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Chris Parypa Photography/shutterstock Southwest Airlines is adding the Californian cities of Fresno and Santa Barbara to its route network in the new year.  No routes or start dates have been announced but service will begin in the second quarter of 2021.  The expansion strengthens Southwest's West Coast rivalry with Alaska Airlines as the two fight for dominance in the region. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airli...
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I flew from New York to Boston and returned on Amtrak. Here's why the train blew the plane out of the water during the pandemic.

Riding Amtrak during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider The New York-Boston sector of the Northeast is short enough where train travel actually rivals air travel in time and cost. Five airlines now fly between the two cities from three airports in the New York area and compete with Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Acela services.   While each traveler has their own preference, the pandemic has forced flyers and riders to factor in health and safety when making their travel choice...
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