100 years of commercial aviation – an annotated graphic

Believe it or not, humans have now been travelling hither and thither aboard commercial aeroplanes for 100 years. January 1st 1914 saw the inaugural flight of a passenger air service in Florida, USA, shuttling between the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa. The service used two seaplanes, ran for nearly four months in total and ferried an impressive total of 1,200 pioneering souls back and forth. No details about the in-flight meals are available. More excitingly, in 1919 (so that’s 95 years ago), the first daily international passenger air service was launched, flying between London and Paris. We wondered if … Continue reading 100 years of commercial aviation – an annotated graphic

Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic

Given Boeing’s ongoing woes with its Dreamliner passenger airplane, there couldn’t be a better time in commercially competitive terms for rivals Airbus to stick the knife in by preparing the first flight of its Airbus A350 XWB. The Airbus is a little bigger all round, so what does this mean for the Dreamliner? Game on, wing-masters! E&T news regularly follows the latest airline developments such as this. Also, check out our dynamically updated page dedicated to Boeing Dreamliner news. We can’t promise it will make comfortable reading for Boeing executives. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic