What we’re reading: Worst US airlines in 2012, Air Canada’s premium seating, 360-degree ride on the Dreamliner


Worst U.S. airlines with on-time performance and cancellations for 2012

The first nine months of 2012 proved to be one of the worst for US airlines in regards to on time performance and cancellations.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2011, United Airlines ranked 7th for having the worst on-time record. 2012 is the first year the airline is reporting the data under the United and Continental merger. Online business class travel site Lets Fly Cheaper released its picks for the airlines with the worst on-time performance and cancellations based on data for the 2nd quarter of 2012 from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Air Canada to introduce premium seating on some flights

Air Canada will be introducing premium seating on its 777 next year and on its 787 this year.

The country’s largest carrier will offer the seating, which comes with more legroom, in economy cabins at prices lower than those charged for business class.

Take an immersive, 360-degree ride on the Boeing 787 flight deck

If you’ve ever wanted to pilot a 787 Dreamliner, you can now do the next best thing.

The virtual flight deck ride starts in Portland, Oregon, and finishes at Boeing Field in Seattle, the test fleet’s home base. You can listen to test pilots Heather Ross and Doug Benjamin during the takeoff and landing, or switch to commentary from chief test pilot Randy Neville as you scroll your way around the cockpit.