Vacation Day

I’m off to a wedding on the west coast today, so no news from here. I did want to mention a story I forgot from yesterday:

I’ll be flying 2,500 miles today in a 737, a plane designed for short-haul travel with few bathrooms, no hanging-around room, and a narrow aisle. I’ve complained in the past about airlines using continually shrinking planes on long-haul flights, but relief, believe it or not, could conceivably be on the way. The WSJ reported yesterday that Airbus will launch a plane to compete with the new Boeing 7E7, a widebody designed to produce cost savings for airlines. It is possible, though a stretch I admit, that if the cost savings are great enough, airlines will once again put widebodies (more comfortable aircraft) on transcon routes. That would be good news for all of us.

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