What we’re reading: World’s best passenger plane, MGM Resorts upgrades Wi-Fi, China delays 787 certification, scrapping planes


The world’s best passenger plane?

On December 21, Boeing announced that one of its planes has been named the best aircraft.

“Business travelers named the Boeing 777 the best aircraft three times during 2012,” Boeing announced on December 21. “The most recent announcement was by Business Traveller* magazine, which named the 777 the “best aircraft type”.

MGM Resorts International’s new Wi-Fi unparalleled in hospitality industry

MGM Resorts International has partenered with Cisco Systems to create a high-density Wi-Fi for its guests.

The two companies have developed the highest-performing wireless LAN in the industry, allowing travelers with multiple wireless devices to enjoy quality Wi-Fi. The new high-tech capabilities put MGM Resorts ahead of the curve with the ability to meet guests’ ever-evolving expectations.

CAAC delays 787 certification in China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has delayed its certification of the 787 because of safety concerns and delivery delays.

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines is expected to become the first Chinese carrier to take delivery of the 787, which was originally scheduled to be delivered last year.

Airlines scrap clunkers sooner as oil prices bite

With oil prices climbing again, airlines are sending their older model planes to the graveyard sooner for more fuel-efficient models.

The historically high cost of oil, with Brent crude over $100 a barrel for most of last year, has made efficiency ever more important.

The increasing power of emerging markets airlines is also affecting the lifespan of airplanes. Older aircraft would traditionally have gone to these markets.