What we’re reading: AA to replace regional jets between hubs, big thrills, Heathrow’s Queen’s Terminal


American to replace regional jets with bigger planes between hubs

American Airlines said that it will begin flying larger planes between American and US Airways hubs as well as reducing flying by regional carriers.

Between Charlotte and Miami, US Airways will add two daily flights, for a total of nine, and American Eagle will discontinue its five daily flights. From Charlotte to Chicago, US will add three flights, for a total of 11, and Eagle will discontinue its five flights. Eagle currently operates these routes with 50-seat Embraer E145 aircraft.

Big thrills: 50 ways to be a daredevil

If you’re a thrill seeker, why not try out these activities on your next trip?

1. Jet fighter pilot for a day (Europe/U.S.)

Are you a Maverick or a Goose?

“Top Gun” references aside, these days you really can fly a fighter jet.

Switzerland-based MiGFlug is an intermediary between the public and operators of fighter jets such as defense departments and air forces that makes it possible for you to fly in a MiG-29, L-39 Albatross and Hawker Hunter, among other aircraft.

MiGFlug operates in Russia, the United States, United Kingdom and other European countries.

Virtual tour: London Heathrow’s new terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal

The next time you fly to London, you may be deplaning at terminal 2, otherwise known as The Queen’s Terminal. Jonathan Spira takes you on a virtual tour of the terminal, which is slated to open on June 4.

The new terminal, which is one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the United Kingdom in recent history, was designed to address the question, “How do you take an airport terminal designed in the 1950s for one million passengers per year and ensure it’s fit for purpose to be one of the biggest hubs in the world servicing 20 million passengers per year?”

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