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October 28, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Long haul flights are getting a little tighter back in the economy section of the plane, according to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). As airlines expand first class and business class sections with lie-flat seats and other amenities, the economy section is getting an extra seat per row. "For almost 20 years, the standard setup in the back of a Boeing 777 was nine seats per row. But last year, nearly 70 percent of its biggest version of the plane were delivered with 10-abreast seating, up from just 15 percent in 2010."

-Is it the end of the Boeing 747? The Associated Press says all signs seem to indicate it may be as Boeing has cut production of the plane and airlines prefer to order two-engine aircraft that are able to travel just as far as the jumbo jet. "Boeing is expected to begin offering customers a new version of the 777 by year end. With about 400 seats, that plane is widely expected to kill off demand for the 747 from passenger airlines, although the freighter version may survive longer," writes AP's Joshua Freed and Scott Mayerowitz.

-Delta decided to have a little holiday fun with its in-flight safety video. See if you can spot the Christmas Story leg lamp, an abominable snowman and a famous game show host.


-Andrea Ahles


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