What we’re reading: FAA says 787 is safe, Southwest is top customer experience, a not-so-secret island



FAA review says Boeing 787 Dreamliner safe

A joint review by Boeing and the FAA on Wednesday deems the Dreamliner is safe to fly and is soundly designed.

The review, which was initiated by the FAA after a battery fire aboard a 787 in Boston in January 2013, encompassed the entire plane, not specifically the battery issue.

“They found that the 787 met its intended level of safety. The plane’s fundamentally sound design and the processes the FAA and Boeing had in place to detect and correct issues that emerged were the underpinnings for that conclusion,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.

Southwest Airlines earns top customer experience rating for airlines, according to Temkin Group

Southwest Airlines delivered the best customer experience, according to the Temkin Group’s ranking.

Southwest Airlines took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, earning a rating of 71 percent and placing 83rd out of 268 companies across 19 industries. At the other end of the spectrum, US Airways received the lowest ratings of any airline for the third straight year, landing in 251st place overall with a 52 percent rating.

Wish you were here: A not-so-secret secret island in Sydney Harbour

Want to get a good view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour bridge without the crowd? Head on over to Fort Denison.

Fort Denison is a man-made island with two trees, a harbor light, cannons (one still working), a lovely albeit overpriced cafe, and a few rooms of museum exhibits dedicated to the history of the structure, which stretches back to the late 1700s. Every day at 1 p.m., the fort continues the old practice of firing a cannon to alert ships to the time, by which they could set their watches and clocks for precise navigation.