Boeing winning jet order race — With a nimbler sales strategy and a new fuel-efficient plane, the company is poised to edge out Airbus for the first time since 2000. Boeing Co. is about to win back some bragging rights. In what’s been a record year for commercial aircraft sales, Boeing is expected to edge out Airbus in jetliner orders for the first time since 2000. (LA Times)

330-day alert: Book your 2006 Thanksgiving award travel now — The best piece of advice for getting the award seat you want is to book early, specifically 330 days before your desired travel dates, when seats first become available. However, many people fail to take advantage of this insider’s trick, either because they don’t know their travel plans nearly a year in advance or they forget to mark their calendars for the correct day to call. (USAToday.com)

Chinese the most generous customers in outbound travel — Statistics show that the outbound travel expenditure of Chinese citizens in 2005 stood at 235 million US dollars. The average of 987 US dollars ranks the first in the world. According to reports from World Travel &Tourism Council, China has become one of the world top five tourists source and will sooner or later become world’s biggest one. (People’s Daily Online)

Competitive fishing – through the ice — Test your angling skills this winter in an ice fishing tournament! Any good angler living in the northern states knows that fishing doesn’t end when the temperature dives and the lakes freeze over solid as concrete. It just takes different equipment and skills, and if you think you’re good enough, you could spend some weekend travel time at an ice fishing tournament. (MSNBC.com)

Red Sea pioneer to build resort in Swiss Alps – A wealthy Egyptian businessman has announced plans to build a luxury resort in Andermatt, which could rescue the economically depressed village. Sawiris has yet to draw up a plan for his first alpine resort, but says it will include an 18-hole golf course and swimming pool complex with a sandy beach. Its hotels and holiday apartments will have at least 800 rooms. (Swiss Info)

Online travel bookers set to make mark with groups — Online travel bookers are beginning to court group travelers, customers they previously ignored because of technological limitations. Experts say the thrust by Internet companies into the group travel market is new, but is shaping up to be a rich frontier for the highly competitive business in which bookers must distinguish themselves by anticipating travelers’ needs. (Reuters)

In Lapland, finding Santa at the source — The night is silent, except for the crunching of boots on newly fallen snow that glows silver beneath a full moon. We German, French, English, Dutch and American tourists carry lanterns with flickering candles as we walk to the edge of a frozen lake in Finnish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle. (Washington Post)

The steady, strategic ascent of JetBlue Airways — For a few tense hours on September 21, the fate of JetBlue Airways hung on flight 292. The nose landing-gear of the Airbus 320 jet was stuck sideways. The plane, carrying 146 people, circled Los Angeles to burn off fuel and then came down safely with its landing-gear still askew. A crash could have unraveled one of the most successful airline startups in recent memory. (Strategic Management@Wharton)

The business traveler braces for 2006 — After surviving a year of airline bankruptcies, overcrowded flights, hidden hotel fees and indifferent service, business travelers might be forgiven for wondering if 2006 could get any worse. The answer is, yes, it could. And it is not just the overtaxed industry that will dish it out. The weather promises to do its part in making road warriors’ lives miserable, too. “I think that’s what made 2005 such a difficult year,” said Joe Venuti a senior vice president at J. P. Morgan Chase’s card services division in Wilmington, Del. “I hope it’s better next year. Not that you can control that kind of thing.” (New York Times)

Airlines vie for locals’ hearts, tickers — Southwest Airlines handed out winter hats in downtown Denver during a December snowstorm and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Capitol Hill. Frontier Airlines employees deliver meals to shut-ins and help dying children make their dreams come true. (Denver Post)

Some fliers fly extra to keep elite status — Thousands of U.S. road warriors this month are making “mileage runs” — year-end air trips for the sole purpose of retaining their elite status in frequent-flier programs. But some big airlines are quietly allowing good customers to buy the last miles they need to secure their preferred status through 2006. (USA Today)

Peace on earth, but not in a plane — It’s holiday time and that means — theoretically at least — peace on Earth and good will toward men (and women). But two recent airline incidents raise the question: Does good will apply to the skies? Victoria Osteen, was asked to leave a plane last week after an altercation with flight attendants. The other involved a 90-year-old passenger who was removed from his assigned seat on Delta Air Lines to accommodate a Saint Bernard (Washington Post)

Oprah’s jet forced to land — Oprah Winfrey’s private jet was forced to return to the city airport after its windshield was cracked in a collision with a bird, officials said. Winfrey and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, were not hurt in the incident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday just after the GulfStream jet had taken off from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, said Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman. (MSNBC)