Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

It’s time for our last weekly roundup for the month of May. From a private jet collection to 737 fuselages on trains, this should have something for everyone! Let’s take a look at these stories, and some of our other most notable articles from this week.

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Did somebody say luxury? Photo: Deerjet

Inside The Boeing 787 Private Jet

Our recent weekly roundups have featured opulent designs for privately configured Boeing 777X aircraft. Continuing this theme, we took a look this week at Chinese company Deerjet’s VIP Boeing 787 Dreamliner, known as the ‘DreamJet.’ You can find out more, and admire the photos of this luxurious aircraft, here.

Why Do Airliners Rarely Use Full Thrust On Takeoff?

Did you know that, as powerful as plane’s departures often seem, they rarely use the full capabilities of their thrust to take off? Simple Flying spent time earlier this week examining why this is the case, and you can read more about this operational aspect here.

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Despite their size and weight, even the largest airliners, such as the Boeing 747, do not typically take off with their throttles wide open. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

One Passenger On Emirates Flight From India

With a particularly hard-hitting wave of coronavirus currently present in India, travel there has, understandably, become rather limited. With the UAE having placed restrictions on arrivals from the country, an Emirates flight from Mumbai to Dubai recently had just a single passenger onboard, leaving 426 seats on the Boeing 777-300ER unoccupied.

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The Captain personally briefed the passenger about the flight. Photo: Getty Images

Inside Mark Cuban’s Private Jet Collection

Billionaire Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. However, the basketball team is not his only possession that signifies his wealth. Indeed, he also has a collection of three private jets, about which you can read more here.

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Some billionaires have more private jets than others. Photo: Getty Images

Why 737 Fuselages Are Delivered On Trains

While airlines and train companies sometimes compete for shares of the passenger market, the rails can be a useful means of transporting precious cargo. This is something that Boeing uses to transport its 737 fuselages from Wichita, Kansas to Renton, Washington.

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A train-load of Boeing 737 fuselages on their way to Renton, Washington. Photo: Jody McIntyre via Flickr

American Airlines Asks Crew To Stop Locking Dreamliner Windows

The Boeing 787’s dimmable windows can be controlled both on an individual level by passengers themselves, or remotely on a wider scale by the aircraft’s crew. American Airlines has recently asked its cabin crew to stop assuming control of the electronic dimmers, following frustration among passengers regarding the practice.

Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week
American Airlines has nearly 50 787s in its fleet with a mix of both -8 and -9 variants. The airline also has more undelivered Dreamliners on the way. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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