Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Sunday Five (June 13th - 19th)

1. EgyptAir Black Boxes Found, Are Badly Damaged 
Authorities have recovered the flight data recorder from EgyptAir flight 804 a week after the cockpit voice recorder was found in the Mediterranean Sea. While the black box was damaged, authorities were able to recover the memory unit of the flight data recorder. The two black boxes are on their way to Alexandria, Egypt for analysis. (CNN) 

2. La Compagnie Offers Unlimited Business Class Flights for $35,000 
Luxury all-business class airline La Compagnie is now offering unlimited business class flights for a year for $35,000. La Compagnie, which launched in 2013, is an all-business class boutique airline that provides trans-atlantic service from London and Paris to Newark. (Business Insider) 

3. Iran Reports Deal With Boeing 
A state-run Iranian news outlet has reported that Iran has reached a deal with Boeing to order an undisclosed number of commercial aircraft. While Boeing did not confirm the deal, John Dern, a spokesman for Boeing, told the New York Times: "Any agreements reached will be contingent on U.S. government approval." Earlier this year, Iran placed an order for over 100 Airbus aircraft. Iran will need around 400 commercial aircraft as the country modernizes its aviation industry which has been held back by years of western sanctions. (New York Times) 

4. Brussels Airlines Unveils Premium Economy Product 
Brussels Airlines unveiled its new trans-atlantic premium economy product, called Economy Plus, this past week. Economy plus features extra legroom, 20 degrees of recline, amenity kits, complimentary champagne before takeoff, a linen pillow, and a complimentary box of chocolates. Brussels Airlines will launch economy plus on July 1st. (BBT)                            

5. Singapore Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to San Francisco 
Singapore Airlines is bringing back non-stop service from San Francisco to Singapore on October 23rd of this year. Current flights from San Francisco to Singapore have to make refueling stops in Seoul or Tokyo. The new non-stop service, which will be operated on an A350, will take anywhere between 14 and 17 hours, making it one of the longest flights in the world. (CN Traveler)                                                          

The "What the Heck?" Story of the Week 

A 777 at Boston Logan International Airport experienced a false emergency after the plane had landed. The pilots of Air France flight 338 from Paris to Boston radioed to ATC at Logan Airport "Mayday, Mayday" after an alarm went off in the cockpit. The crew eventually determined it was a false alarm and the 777 taxied to the gate. (WCVB) 

Video of the Week 

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