Aviation News

January 23, 2012

Final Call: Burt Rutan on Building the World’s Largest Plane, Singapore Offers Private Jets for A380 Connections

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Photo of the Day: Busy shot at LAX, as an Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340 lifts off in front of an China Eastern A340 at the gate while an American Airlines Boeing 737 taxis toward the terminal. (Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren)

• Turkish Airlines is interested in buying LOT Polish Airlines. [Financial Times]

• Burt Rutan explains why he’s building the world’s largest plane from scratch rather than just bolting two 747s together. [Popular Mechanics]

• American Airlines is going to write down the value of its 757 fleet by $713 million. [Dallas Morning News Airline Biz Blog]

• US Airways thinks a merger with American would fill AA’s weak domestic network and boost revenue for both airlines. [Bloomberg]

• A Muslim, former British airline pilot claims he is the victim of racism after he was fired, even though two of his friends were arrested for plotting a 9/11-style attack. [Daily Mail]

• Disagreement over the cause of 1999′s EgyptAir Flight 990 crash continues to stymie relations between the US and Egypt. [The Atlantic]

• If you thought going through US customs was rough, read about the so-called Gaijin Gulag at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, where Japanese authorities have long been abusing the rights of visitors. [The Economist]

• Wichita residents are having a tough time coming to grips with the imminent departure of its long-time Boeing backbone. [New York Times]

• Singapore Airlines offers private jets to connecting A380 customers. [USA Today]