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United Takes Delivery of the 8,000th 737

United Latest 737-900ER taxiing at Boeing Field

United’s latest 737-900ER, taxiing at Boeing Field

On Wednesday April 16th, United took delivery of its latest 737, but this one was special.

A 737-900ER was delivered from Boeing Field, marking a special occasion for not only Boeing but also United.  The aircraft was the 8,000th 737 to roll out of the Renton factory, and became one of over 550 of the type to be delivered to United since its inception.

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Portland Airport’s Cult Following: Their AvGeek Loved Carpet

The Current PDX Carpet design which has such a cult following - Photo: Port of Portland/PDX

The current PDX carpet design which has such a cult following – Photo: Port of Portland/PDX

Portland Airport staff in the late 80s would never have imagined that over 20 years later, a cult following would beset their airport; specifically, the carpet. What has surprised the Port of Portland (PDX) and locals alike is how this simple floor covering has turned into a phenomenon.

How does a piece of carpet become so well known? We put out a tweet one afternoon with just a small glimpse of the design and within seconds, numerous people had correctly guessed what it was, and they were not all Portland locals either. What makes this carpet so special?

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American Airlines Updates 777-200ER Interior & Their Frequent Flyer Program

An American Airlines 777-200ER in the new Livery. Photo - Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

An American Airlines 777-200ER in the new Livery. Photo – Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Just like Delta Air Lines earlier this year, American has revealed some upgrades to their fleet, while announcing (unpopular to some) changes to their frequent flyer program as well.

On Monday morning, American Airlines revealed the new Business Class product to be fitted to their Boeing 777-200ER aircraft as they go in for refurbishment.  The new seat, which is a herringbone-style, looks pretty slick. They also have a unique feature being seen on more aircraft: rear-facing seats.

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A Private Jet Demonstration Team by Brietling to Entertain

The Breitling Jet Team flying in formation with two Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets - Photo: Breitling SA

The Breitling Jet Team flying in formation with two Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets – Photo: Breitling SA

Around the world there are a number of government-run aerial demonstration teams.  Australia has the Roulettes, Canada the Snowbirds, and Great Britian has the Red Arrows.  The United States has two of these government-run teams, the US Air Force Thunderbirds & the US Navy Blue Angels.  If you’re an American AvGeek, you’ve likely seen one of those domestic teams in your lifetime.

However there are some privately-run Aerial demonstration jet teams in the world, the largest of which is sponsored by luxury watch manufacturer Brietling.  The Breitling Jet Team, composed of seven L-39C Albatros jet aircraft, have announced a major change to their 2015 schedule.

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Winglets… The Ultimate AvGeek Guide

Passing Mt Rainier onboard a Southwest Airlines 737 - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

What better photo than a winglet & Pacific Northwest icon Mt. Rainier?

During the recent Aviation Geek Fest, a reader of AirlineReporter suggested that I do a bit of a roundup of all the different “winglets” that are out in the aviation world (I wish I remembered you name).  With so many different kinds of wingtip devices out in the marketplace, there needs to be a handy guide as to what they all are and what aircraft they belong to.  But first maybe a little bit of background on what a winglet actually does.

In the late 1970′s, NASA engineer Richard T. Whitcomb took some research from the 1950′s and further developed what we know as the winglet.  NASA wanted to see what would happen if they were to create a wingtip device that, with the correct angle and shape, could help reduce drag and increase lift, and also help break up the wingtip vortices.

Getting these benefits from the wing helps make flying easier and increases fuel efficiency – something that back in the 70′s wasn’t as crucial as it is now.  How much fuel can you save by adding a winglet?  On average, a 737 can save around 4% when compared to a non-winglet version.  A winglet is really designed to save money when flying long distances at high altitudes, so long flights are where the most savings are realized.

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