0 Comments By Trefor Moss Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal BiographyTrefor Moss @Trefor1 Google+ [email protected] Dec. 15, 2018 7:01 a.m. ET ZHOUSHAN, China— Boeing Co. BA -2.06% opened a new Chinese production facility, as the American aviation company tries to cater to its top export market while steering clear of the tensions battering U.S.-China relations. At what Boeing calls its “completion and deliver center” here on an island south of Shanghai, the first finished jet, a 737 MAX, rolled off the production line Saturday, ready for delivery to Air China Ltd. Though a Boeing billboard for the facility at the local airport proclaims “the future is built here,” the center doesn’t actually build planes. Rather it paints and fits the interiors of jets flown in from Boeing’s factory in Renton, WA, ahead of their delivery to Chinese airlines. The facility, and its limited remit, illustrate the tightrope Boeing is walking … [Read more...] about Boeing Flies Close to Trade Tussle With New Facility in China
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Bill McGee Special to USA TODAY Published 5:00 AM EST Nov 15, 2018 In 2014 I first wrote here about the issue of incredibly shrinking aircraft accommodations with “Think airline seats have gotten smaller? They have.” Using archived data, I detailed how both legroom (as measured in seat pitch) and comfort (as measured in seat width) have both been steadily decreasing since the 1980s. In the four years since that column was widely disseminated, conditions have only gotten worse. Therefore the recent headlines declaring that Congress had addressed airborne seat shrinkage seemed like welcome news. But the underlying issues are much more complex. And it’s way too soon to celebrate more legroom in an industry that is actively squeezing us into increasingly cramped quarters. More: Senate approves bill that would regulate airline seat sizes Good news/bad news Tighter seats eventually caught the attention of one group of frequent flyers poised to do something about it: … [Read more...] about Airline seat size: Will FAA bring relief to squeezed flyers?