What we’re reading: 737MAX orders, surviving a plane crash, airline WiFi


Firm orders roll in for Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing is having a good week with its 737 MAX airliner.

The forthcoming jet’s sales tally swelled to 821 firm orders Wednesday, as aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation Services finalized an order announced earlier for 75 of the MAX 8 model, and an unidentified customer added an order for 22 more MAXs.

Bracing for impact ups chances of surviving plane crash, test crash finds

A test crash of a 727 in a Sonoran desert shows that bracing for impact could help save lives.

In one of the most ambitious tests ever undertaken in the name of airline safety, Discovery TV had a Boeing 727 equipped with more than half a million dollars worth of crash test dummies, 38 specialized cameras and sensors, and a crew of incredibly daring pilots.

Airline WiFi — What’s up?

Until now, WiFi on planes are confined to domestic routes (including Canada). Now, WiFi providers are starting to use satellites to provide Wi-Fi service across the Atlantic.

Several companies, including Panasonic, OnAir (partially owned by Airbus), and Row 44 are equipping airlines with satellite services. Even though it’s not currently an overwater line, Southwest opted for satellites from the beginning, and now has many of its planes equipped.