What we’re reading: NTSB investigates hole in AA 757, new Boeing 737 Sky Interior, Allegiant FAs seek union


Two-foot hole appears in plane at 31,000 feet

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating what caused a hole to appear in a Boston-bound American Airlines 757 last Tuesday.

Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the agency doesn’t yet know what caused the hole.

“We’ll be looking at (metal) fatigue and mechanical issues and everything,” he said.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said the airline has assigned a team of engineers and maintenance technicians to look at the aircraft.

Boeing delivers first 737 with Sky Interior to flydubai

Kenneth Gile, chief operating officer of flydubai marveled at the new interior of the 737.

“I don’t know how you did it, but it looks like, from inside, you made the fuselage bigger,” he told Boeing employees at a Boeing Field delivery ceremony Wednesday for the first plane with the new interior.

The interior dimensions are the same, but Boeing made it seem bigger with such touches as 787 Dreamliner-style sky-simulating LED lighting, sculpted sidewalls and larger window reveals (the part around the windows in the cabin) that let in more light.

Allegiant flight attendants seek union vote

Flight attendants at Allegiant Air would like a vote on joining the Transport Workers Union of America.

The union said on Thursday that Allegiant flight attendants filed a petition with the National Mediation Board, which governs airline unions. The union says the board is supposed to set an election date within 45 days.

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