Business Travel: For Road Warriors, the Boeing Plane Makes the Difference.
If you’re a business travelers who is always on the road, a frequently flyer, you have plenty of stories about your favorite aircraft and I bet your favorite planes are those manufactured by Boeing.
For decades, Boeing aircraft have carried business travelers across the country and around the world and this year, the iconic American company is celebrating its first 100 years.
Boeing’s founder, William Edward Boeing, was born in Detroit in 1881, the son of a German immigrant entrepreneur who died when Boeing was 8 years old. In 1903, after attending Yale University, Boeing moved to Washington state to learn the logging business. But flying became his passion. He took lessons and in 1915, bought his first airplane.
Boeing soon knew that there was a future for aviation and that he could build a better plane.
On July 15, 1916, he incorporated the Pacific Aero Products Co. for $100,000 and started building planes at his Seattle shipyard. The name was changed to the Boeing Airplane Company the next year.
With the U.S. entry into World War I, Boeing manufactured aircraft for the Navy and when the war ended, began building commercial planes as well. In 1919, a Boeing airplane delivered mail from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle, the first international airmail to reach the United States.
By 1928, they had the largest plant in America devoted solely to manufacturing aircraft, employing about 1,000 people. In the 1930s and ‘40s, the company built military aircraft like the legendary B-17 “Flying Fortress” that helped win World War II.
In 1958, Pan American World Airways took delivery of a Boeing 707, the United States’ first commercial jet airliner, which began flying daily from New York to Paris, carrying 111 passengers and a crew of 12. The 707 was the first in a series of jets that would help usher in a new era, as travel by air eclipsed travel by sea and rail.
About the Planes
Today, jets have made great strides in reducing noise, increasing fuel efficiency and improving cabin design. Those are all important factors for business travelers, who may spend hundreds of hours in the air each year.
The smaller, short-range Boeing 737 is the most-ordered plane in the history of commercial aviation. The plane’s design offers an open look that’s rare in a single-aisle jet.
Pivoting overhead bins are easy to reach, lessening stress during boarding and upon arrival. Passenger-service units make it easy to control lighting and air circulation.
Then there is the granddaddy jumbo jet, the 747. While many airlines are phasing out its service in favor of lighter planes that don’t use as much fuel, the 747 will always hold a special place in the hearts of frequent flyers who particularly enjoyed life in the bubble, the cabin on top of the main cabin, which usually offered creature comforts that make it feel as though you’re flying on your own private aircraft.
The 777 consistently wins accolades from frequent flyers for its comfort and conveniences that make it easy for them to get work done while in the air.
Business class offers a spacious cabin with a seating arrangement that affords privacy and quick access to the aisle, along with plenty of room to open a laptop and store carryons.
The 787 Dreamliner
The long-range 787 Dreamliner, which made its maiden flight in 2009, offers industry-leading technology. Cabins are outfitted with soft LED lighting that generates less heat, bigger windows that provide more natural light and overhead bins with more storage space.
Advances in cabin pressure and filtration systems make the air cleaner and the flight more comfortable.
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