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Friday, May 30, 2014

Longer Trips for Boeing 787s, and an AirBnB update

In national and international news this week:

AirBnB Information Will Be Given to NYS Attorney General -

I love the concept of AirBnB (though I haven't always had the best experience with it) but it seems like officials want to make sure everything is in order with the house/apartment/room-sharing service which provides cheap accommodations for out-of-town travelers. The AG particularly wants to make sure no one is running illegal hotels.

According to the NYT"Airbnb, the apartment sharing service, and New York law enforcement officials came to an agreement Wednesday after a dispute over rental data that lasted for the better part of a year. Under the terms of the deal, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, will get the information he is seeking about Airbnb hosts in New York City, but it will be stripped of names and other personally identifiable information."

Boeing 787s Longer Flights -

Instead of the usual three hour flights with 787s, the planes have been given the green light for flights as far away as 5 1/2 hours, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to this article by Justin Bachman: "That will permit new routings, such as anonstop flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne that United (UAL) plans to begin in October.It also means that newer, longer-range version of the 787, called the 787-9, can fly polar routes such as those used for flights between the U.S. and top business destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. Those routes across the North Pole require the extended operations certification because safe diversion airports in case of an emergency are few and far between.


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