Hello and happy Tuesday. These are some stories I have enjoyed of late.
- Only five airlines still fly the 747 into Los Angeles International Airport. Why are carriers retiring the planes or moving them elsewhere? Brett Snyder — you know him as Cranky Flier — explains all.
- Lufthansa is slowly installing its new premium economic section on its 747-8 airplanes. According to the blogger Lufthansa Flyer, the Los Angeles market should see the new seats next year.
- Southwest Airlines is altering its Dallas Love Field schedule as it prepares for the Wright Amendment to expire in October, the Dallas Morning News writes. Los Angeles will have four daily flights to the airport by November.
- Air Canada took delivery of its first Boeing 787. Today in the Sky has the details.
- United Express, or more specifically Mesa Airlines and Skywest Airlines, has taken delivery of E-175 regional jet aircraft. Ned Russell of Flight Global has more.
- Is Ryanair, the Irish super discount carrier, becoming a bit more traveler friendly? A story in Bloomberg suggests that the airline has been changing — for the better.
- CBS News wants to know if U.S. Airlines can compete with the big three in the Middle East — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.