United Airlines brings back ‘Friendly Skies’ and other news from the past week

USA Today's Ben Mutzabaugh got a sneak peak at Singapore's new Boeing 777-300ER. Above, a shot of first class.

USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh got a sneak peak at Singapore’s new Boeing 777-300ER. Above, a shot of first class.

Here’s a roundup of some of the week’s best aviation stories and blog posts.

Brett Snyder, also known as @crankyflier, analyzes United’s destination to bring back the “Fly the Friendly Skies” tagline. He’s torn about whether the nostalgic turn is the right one for the carrier.

If you have a long layover at Los Angeles International Airport, what should you do? Travel blogger @johnnyjet, who lives just south of the airport, has some ideas for you. He recommends Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. 

The twin-engine Airbus A330 may not be the most technologically advanced jet on the market, but Airbus is relatively bullish about its prospects. The plane can be purchased at relatively cheap rates compared to the snazzier A350 and Boeing 787, writes Robert Wall of Bloomberg.

The FAA is just about ready to relax its rules governing electronic devices on airplanes, writes @jadmouawad of the New York Times.

California Pacific Airlines, which would be based at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, has yet to convince the FAA it is ready to fly. But the airline received yet another extension this week from the regulatory agency, Jon Horn of U-T San Diego reports.

And finally, Singapore Airlines recently took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER airplane. As usual, the premium carrier has tried to ensure the aircraft has the most comfortable seats and best in-flight entertainment, reports Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today.

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