What we’re reading: Universal studios reopens, Continental first U.S. airline to get 787, FAA awards $4 billion for NextGen


The Legacy Continues: Universal Studios Opens Four Acres of Shooting Locations Completing the Largest Set Construction Project in Hollywood History

Two years after the fire that destroyed some of the backlot at Universal Studios Hollywood, the studio re-opened four acres on Thursday, including the famous New York Street.

A fixture in Hollywood for decades, New York Street (which consists of 13 city blocks of buildings) has been the setting of countless commercials, television shows and feature films such as The Sting, Blues Brothers, To Kill A Mockingbird, Back To The Future, Frost/Nixon and Bruce Almighty to name a few. The shooting location burned in an accidental fire on June 1, 2008 along with the King Kong theme park attraction and a video vault. The site offers a wealth of creative opportunities for film and television production and an exciting behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood moviemaking for Universal Studios Hollywood theme park guests.

United’s merger with Continental bumps it to front of line for new Boeing 787 Dreamliner

If the merger of Continental Airlines goes through, United will be the first airline in the Americas to get the Dreamliner.

Continental is scheduled to receive six of the 25 new 787s it has on order next year, giving it a jump on other North American carriers with global ambitions. Continental plans to launch its first 787 service on Nov. 16, 2011, flying to Auckland, New Zealand, from Houston, the largest hub of the new carrier and the focus of its early expansion plans.

FAA gives $4 billion in contracts to Boeing, ITT and Fairfax’s General Dynamics

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $4 billion in contracts to develop the NextGen air traffic control system.

The companies will work on producing a more precise profile of where an aircraft is supposed to be at a given time. They have also been asked to develop a modernized weather-imaging system so that pilots can know more about potentially dangerous weather conditions.

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