August 9, 2005 |
Wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. and Boeing Co.'s Connexion said Monday that they would test in-flight mobile phone calls with the aim of offering the service in 2006. Connexion, which already provides wireless laptop Internet services in airplane cabins, hopes to provide in-flight wireless voice and data services if regulators give the go-ahead. The tests will be conducted through September in a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft.
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April 20, 2001 |
In the war on traffic congestion in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol is calling in air support. A CHP pilot project is using a small plane to get a bird's-eye view of the Valley's snarled freeway network and to relay more timely and more accurate information to patrol cars.
June 24, 1993 |
Nearly four years ago, the U.S. Forest Service handed over 28 surplus military aircraft valued at $67 million to five private companies in exchange for a like number of aged airplanes worth far less. The Forest Service intended the surplus aircraft for use in fighting forest fires in the West but apparently failed to stipulate to recipients that their use was restricted. Some of the planes wound up ferrying cargo on the other side of the world.
May 29, 1990 |
Mexicana Airlines, a longtime customer of Boeing Co., announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase as many as 50 jetliners from European competitor Airbus Industrie. The deal, including options, could be worth as much as $2 billion. Airbus and Mexicana also announced plans to create a joint venture in Mexico to provide training and maintenance for airlines with Latin American routes.
September 12, 1991 |
Citing persistent airline industry turbulence, American Airlines said Wednesday that it is trimming its budget for new equipment purchases by at least $500 million over the next five years and may allow options to purchase new airplanes to lapse.
October 29, 1990 |
The next two years will bring important breakthroughs in telephone communication with airplanes, telecommunications companies say. Not only will passengers be able to place phone calls--as they can now--they'll be able to receive them, along with facsimile messages and data from portable computers. Some are describing it as "the office in the sky." Kirkland, Wash.-based McCaw Cellular Communications Inc. and Germantown, Md.
August 23, 1995 |
Jerry Peck calls his favorite paper airplane "Old Red," in part because the longtime McDonnell Douglas aerospace engineer used a red marker to decorate the tried-and-true plane. * But the design also has dominated McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s annual paper airplane flying contest for nearly a dozen years, leading the 60-year-old Irvine resident to compare Old Red to "a good red wine, because it just keeps on getting better and better, year after year."
December 15, 1992 |
International Lease Finance, a giant aircraft leasing firm, is expected to announce today a $4-billion deal for 90 new aircraft, split almost entirely between Boeing Co. and Airbus Industrie, industry sources said Monday. The International Lease deal, which would be the largest aircraft order in 1992, came as a sharp counterpoint to a retrenchment disclosed Monday by United Airlines.
February 14, 2012 |
Chicago-based Boeing Co. finalized what it calls a historic order for 230 aircraft worth $22.4 billion. Lion Air of Indonesia ordered 201 of the Boeing 737 Max planes and 29 next-generation 737-900ERs. The deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. The order is the largest commercial airplane deal ever for Boeing, measured by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. Lion Air will be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 Max and the first in the world to take delivery of the 737 Max-900.