What we’re reading: Some airlines expand first class, 787 on track to fly in June, celebrate the 4th in Boston


For some airlines, recession doubts are taking a back seat

Despite the recession and the news that airlines like Qantas and British Airways are planning to reduce first-class seats, there are some airlines that are expanding their first class services on long-haul flights.

While part of the investment is designed to position the airlines for when business picks up, even cash-strapped carriers like American Airlines say that the first-class cabin is an important instrument for keeping its highest-spending customers loyal.

Boeing 787 on track to fly in June

Boeing CEO Jim McErney said that the airplane is ready for its first test flight in June.

“I think the airplane will fly in June. We will embark on a flight test program as we described it,” McNerney said.

McNerney said he expects the the first 787 deliveries in the first quarter of 2010. But he said there is always the chance that the schedule could be disrupted by a mechanical issue coming to light during the test flight.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Boston on the cheap

From July 1 through July 10, the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel is offering a special package.

The independence-themed “Boston Summer Renaissance” deal includes:

1. Rate of $149 per night, based on double occupancy
2. Deluxe overnight accommodations
3. Boston historical attractions and walking map
4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace “Passport of Savings” booklet
5. Use of health club and lap pool