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Month: January 2020

Georgia’s giant dumpling born from conquest

During blistering winters in Tusheti, temperatures regularly fall below -15°C, and villages on the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains are cut off by metres of snowfall. For centuries before becoming restaurant favourites, khinkali were a warming offering for Caucasus shepherds, with chopped lamb or mutton at the centre, which was replaced by ground beef and pork as the dumpling migrated to the city.Matthew Ponsford (BBC)

737 Max fix slips to summer—and that’s just one of Boeing’s problems

Boeing executives are now telling the company’s 737 Max customers that the software fix required to make the airliner airworthy will not be approved in the near future and that it will likely be June or July before the Federal Aviation Administration certifies the aircraft for flight again—meaning that the aircraft will have been grounded for at least 16 months.Sean Gallagher (Ars Technica)

Boeing’s huge 777-9X airplane takes its first flight

The 777X, a program launched back in November 2013, is the successor to the most successful wide-body airliner ever built: the 777, which first entered service nearly 25 years ago.Chris Sloan (CNN)

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

The airline reported fourth quarter net income of $514 million, down about 21 percent compared to the same period in 2018. For the full-year, net income was $2.3 billion, off about 6 percent, year-over-year. That certainly could be viewed as an impressive performance for a carrier that by now should have at least 75 Max jets, which were to account for about 10 percent of its fleet. But it was a less lucrative year and quarter than it could have been, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told analysts on the airline’s fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, when he referred to the Max situation as a “a crisis-like challenge.”Brian Sumers (Skift)

China opens ‘the world’s first smart high-speed railway’

The carriages are equipped with an automated driving system, 5G signals, intelligent lighting as well as wireless charging docks, and can travel at a top speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour.Tracy You (Daily Mail)

52 Places to Go in 2020

48. Juliana Trail, Slovenia.Žiga Sancin

Boeing to recommend simulator training for 737 Max pilots

Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 Maxs is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend Max simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service.Greg Smith (Boeing)

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