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How Airplane Food Goes From The Kitchen To Your Flight

How Airplane Food Goes From The Kitchen To Your Flight

Food

Gate Gourmet is one major player in the airplane catering game, feeding about 750 million passengers a year in about 60 countries. On a typical day at its Dulles International Airport branch, in suburban Washington, the company is responsible for getting 18,000 meals onto 275 flights.

The Economics Of Airline Class

The Economics Of Airline Class

Business, Economics, Videos

The story of the development of airline classes really isn’t the story of how airlines developed more and more luxurious seats, it’s how they cut costs to allow more and more people to fly. It’s also a fascinating demonstration of economics.

If Everyone Hates Spirit Airlines, How Is It Making So Much Money?

If Everyone Hates Spirit Airlines, How Is It Making So Much Money?

Business

Spirit borrowed the unbundling model from Ryanair and AirAsia. Instead of thinking of a flight as a means of getting from point A to point B plus a certain set of extras and amenities built into the ticket price, an unbundled fare promised nothing more than the get-you-from-A-to-B part. Everything else would cost extra.

A Tribute To North Korea’s Air Koryo By Arthur Mebius

A Tribute To North Korea’s Air Koryo By Arthur Mebius

Photos, World

Intrigued by the dedication of an airline crew who only fly to two destinations, photographer Arthur Mebius documents the experience of flying with North Korea’s Air Koryo. The photo series ‘Dear Sky’ offers an insight to Air Koryo’s aircraft and crew, from the perspective of Mebius as a passenger.

The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

Business, History

It was May 2001. And Boeing’s leaders, CEO Phil Condit and President Harry Stonecipher, had decided it was time to put some distance between themselves and the people actually making the company’s planes. How much distance? This flight—a PR stunt to end the two-month contest for Boeing’s new headquarters—would reveal the answer.

Lifetime Free 1st Class Air Travel Pass: A Disaster

Lifetime Free 1st Class Air Travel Pass: A Disaster

Business, Explainers, Videos

In 1982, American Airlines had an idea to offer a lifetime free first-class air travel pass to its wealthiest customers. The person holding this pass could fly on American Airlines at any time it wanted, to any destination it wanted, for as many times it wanted, for the rest of its life after paying a one-time fixed membership fee.

The Very Dramatic $3,000,000 Qantas Airlines Heist

The Very Dramatic $3,000,000 Qantas Airlines Heist

Crime, History, Videos

Just after midday on May 26th 1971, Australian authorities received a call from a mysterious Mr. Brown claiming that a Qantas flight from Sydney to Hong Kong was carrying a bomb. He then claimed that he would disclose the location of the onboard bomb in return for a hefty sum.

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Business, Cities, World

When LAX offered me the opportunity to work with its TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) teams, I couldn’t say no. From dead bodies in the security line to a cobra in a Pringles can, you wouldn’t believe the crazy things that happen at America’s busiest airport of origin.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Letting Slower Passengers Board Airplane First Really Is Faster, Study Finds

Letting Slower Passengers Board Airplane First Really Is Faster, Study Finds

Economics, Science

Commercial airlines often prioritize boarding for passengers traveling with small children, or for those who need extra assistance, before starting to board the faster passengers. It’s counter-intuitive, but it turns out that letting slower passengers board first actually results in a more efficient process.

How Airlines Make Meals For Thousands Of People

How Airlines Make Meals For Thousands Of People

Explainers, Food, Videos

For many people economy class used to mean soggy pasta, rubbery eggs and dried-out chicken. For a time U.S airlines even stopped serving free meals altogether in economy class. But in 2019 U.S. airlines posted their tenth straight year of profitability and premium and economy cabins are seeing more food options than ever before.

The Man With The Golden Airline Ticket

The Man With The Golden Airline Ticket

Long Reads

My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.

The Future Of Airliners?

The Future Of Airliners?

Business, Innovation, Videos

One that could shake up the duopoly of Boeing and Airbus to force competition and new designs? Take a look at the D8, nicknamed the Double Bubble, developed by Aurura, MIT and with the help of NASA.

Plane Stowaway: The Man Who Fell From The Sky

Plane Stowaway: The Man Who Fell From The Sky

Crime, Long Reads, World

It was sunny and warm on 30 June as residents in south London finished their lunch and unwound on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. But the peace was shattered in Offerton Road with a terrifying thump. A man occupied a crater in one of the back gardens after falling through the sky for a kilometer.

The 30 Year-Old Airline That’s Never Flown

The 30 Year-Old Airline That’s Never Flown

Business, History, Videos

Back in 1989, a guy by the name of Igor Dmitrovsky filed the paperwork to incorporate a small little business in the state of New York. This company would enter the metal cylinder organism transport business under the name Baltia Airlines. The airline was to fly from New York, US to St Petersburg, USSR.

What Happened To Giant Flying Boats? The Saunders-Roe Princess Story

What Happened To Giant Flying Boats? The Saunders-Roe Princess Story

Business, Design, History, Videos

In 1943, Saunders-Roe, an iconic British aircraft builder, began planning for the future by drafting a design for a truly next-generation flying boat. But by the time the Princess took its first flight, the world had been completely transformed by the rapid development of runways and advances in land-based aircraft.

When Secret Mystery Planes Landed At The Air Bases Where I Was Stationed

When Secret Mystery Planes Landed At The Air Bases Where I Was Stationed

World

Diego Garcia is a part of the British Indian Ocean Territories comprising the greater Chagos Archipelago. Its extreme isolation has made it a hotbed for unsubstantiated accusations of classified and even nefarious activity. The tent I lived in was supposedly part of a CIA “black site” for terrorist detainees.

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

Economics, Explainers, Videos

To the average buyer, airline ticket prices appear to fluctuate without reason. But behind the process is actually the science of dynamic pricing, which has less to do with cost and more to do with artificial intelligence.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Completely Correct Guide To Reclining On An Airplane

The Completely Correct Guide To Reclining On An Airplane

Explainers, Life

One of the touchiest subjects in all of air travel is the seat recline. To some, leaning your seat back on a flight is a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you take that precious spare space for relief? For others, the sight of the seat in front barreling toward them is a living nightmare.

The Celebrity Airport Lost In Time

The Celebrity Airport Lost In Time

Videos, World

In the early years of aviation, the Gander Airport in Newfoundland, Canada served as an obligatory stop for refueling between Europe and America. This made the small town of Gander into an unlikely international hub, hosting celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and the Queen of England.

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

Videos, World

Air Sinai appeared on the Internet in February 2020 and for the scarce few who were in the know about Air Sinai, it was a real shock. What’s so special about this ghost airline and how come up until now it was impossible to book a flight without being transferred endlessly between travel agents?

How Boeing Crashed: The Inside Story Of The 737 Max

How Boeing Crashed: The Inside Story Of The 737 Max

Business, Videos

Boeing used to represent the gold standard in aircraft safety, but critics say it has lost its way in the pursuit of profit. We tell the story of two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max 8 jet: the Ethiopian Airlines crash last March that killed 157 people and the Lion Air disaster in October 2018 that killed all 189 on board.

The Madness Of Airline Élite Status

The Madness Of Airline Élite Status

Business, Economics, World

When you fly a lot for work, as I do, you check your frequent-flier mile balance often, to provide data for competitive commiseration. Frequent fliers sometimes go to great lengths to keep their airline élite status, and those efforts are often completely out of proportion to the perks.

What’s Actually The Plane Of The Future

What’s Actually The Plane Of The Future

Innovation, Videos

Supersonic speed, modular cabin design, all electric power, transparent cabin walls, pilotless planes, personal jets for everyone—that all sounds great, but what’s actually the plane of the future. In the next 15-20 years, what will be the next major aircraft release to make an impact on the industry?

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed Beijing Daxing International Airport, a five-pronged building that is one of the largest passenger terminals in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, the 700,000-square-metre airport to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as possible.

The Rise And Fall Of Pan Am

The Rise And Fall Of Pan Am

Business, History, Videos

Pan Am was once the largest international airline in the US. In 1970 alone, it carried 11 million passengers to 86 countries worldwide. But after 60 years of flight, decades of financial turbulence, and a devastating terrorist attack above the skies of Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan Am went bust.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

Explainers

The problem with airfare deals is that you can’t just search for a great deal on a single website. Airfare prices change minute by minute. The old advice was to search for airfare on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, but that no longer applies now that airlines have become so competitive with each other.

Why Airplane Boarding Got So Ridiculous

Why Airplane Boarding Got So Ridiculous

Economics, Explainers

Airlines were focused on finding the fastest possible boarding method, so planes can spend less time at gates and more time in the air, making money. They might have stuck with that aim if it weren’t for the other change, which has to do with the fight for overhead bin space.

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

Business, Crime

Five grand for mystery sushi. Seven for plastic cups. And more fuel than the plane could possibly hold. Such are the deceptions stinging the billionaires and mere millionaires of today’s private jet-set class. In an era of ultra-wealth, reports of shady billing related to private-jet travel are on the rise.

Out Of Left Fields: Dutch Land Art Installation Cuts Area Airplane Noise in Half

Out Of Left Fields: Dutch Land Art Installation Cuts Area Airplane Noise in Half

Architecture, Design, Innovation, Nature

Landscape architects from the firm H+N+S worked with artist Paul De Court and drew on the work of acoustician Ernst Chladni to create over 100 grassy pyramids. Instead of simply disrupting sound waves, though, the Buitenschot Land Art Park also included paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

Why Bigger Planes Mean Cramped Quarters

Why Bigger Planes Mean Cramped Quarters

Business, Economics, Explainers

The current Boeing 737s, the world’s most flown craft, are all longer than the original by up to 45 feet. And yet, on the inside, we’re getting squeezed. That’s because more space doesn’t equal more space in Airline World. It equals more seats—and typically less room per person.

The Night The Music Died

The Night The Music Died

Long Reads

It came out of the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. Outside lay the bodies of three young men who had been thrown from the plane at more than 100 miles per hour. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper, were dead.

The Case Against Boeing

The Case Against Boeing

Business, Economics, Long Reads

In the wake of the 737 MAX disasters, caused by a software feature, Boeing and regulators initially placed blame on the planes’ pilots. Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to proving that the company put profit over safety.

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