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Is Boeing 737 MAX8 seating getting tighter?

There have been several stories about the tight bathrooms on the new MAX8.  This is not the only thing about the MAX8 that travelers might want to consider. Look at this seating table, which compares the active MAX8 fleet as of the 1Q18.  The green area is the seating...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that airplanes are vulnerable.  There is nothing quite like an airline/airplane scary story to catch people's attention. The industry safety statistics are...

Boeing Finalizes a Larger 737 MAX 7 Design

At the Farnborough Air Show, Boeing announced it had finalized its design for the 737 MAX 7, adding two rows of seats and utilizing the same wing as the 737 MAX 8.  This should both simplify production of the two aircraft while providing additional seats for more...

What WestJet Going International Means

Canada’s WestJet announced, in a briefing to its pilots, that it is planning to acquire wide-body aircraft and begin flying internationally in 2015. The carrier currently wet-leases Boeing 757s from Thomas Cook for Hawaii operations, and those contracts expire next...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that...