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Queen of the skies: The Boeing 747 is playing a hero’s role during Covid-19 crisis

When it comes to this pandemic, seeing a 747 Freighter land at an airport is like in an old western, when the cavalry rides in to help the people in distress. The 747 is definitely playing a hero’s role in moving essential cargo around the world in this crisis.Henry Harteveldt (Atmosphere Research Group)

Japan’s snow monkeys de-stress in hot springs

The snow monkeys’ onsen practice isn’t solely about warming their bodies or bobbing for apples — like the Japanese and visitors to Japan, they seem to appreciate onsen for its stress-reducing properties. Since the macaque’s thick coats keep them warm, and they take a dip even when there are no apples in sight, researchers’ studying the monkeys at Jigokudani believe hot springs function primarily to ease their tension.Joshua Mellin (CNN)

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)

Arctic ICEHOTEL unveils amazing new designs

It’s been 30 years since the world’s first hotel made of snow and ice launched, and the team behind Sweden’s ICEHOTEL have gone all out to mark the occasion. A frosty theater production, an ice-carved observation deck and a frozen feline lair are among the new designs on display as the iconic hotel opens for its new winter season.Tamara Hardingham-Gill (CNN)

Behind the scenes at the world’s most punctual mega airport

Haneda, officially called Tokyo International Airport, is the fifth busiest airport in the world, with almost 87 million passengers passing through in 2018. It surpasses major international hubs Chicago O’Hare, (83 million) Heathrow (80 million) and Hong Kong (74.5 million) in terms of passenger demand. Despite such heavy traffic, Haneda delivered 85.6% of its flights on time in 2018, making it the most punctual mega airport in the world — an outstanding feat considering that the average for an airport of its size — with over 30 million departing seats per year — was only 77.1%.Vivien Jones (CNN)

The tourists nobody wants

Today, the challenge is to be a “good” tourist. And as we try to travel to places without making a negative impact, destinations are becoming emboldened to speak openly about which kinds of travelers are welcome — and which are not.Julia Buckley (CNN)

Beijing’s new mega-airport ready to open

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) will see its first commercial flight take off around September 20, according to Chinese state media, with main tenant China Southern planning to deploy an Airbus A380, the world’s biggest airliner, for the maiden journey.Steven Jiang (CNN)

Indonesia picks site for new capital as Jakarta sinks

Concerns over the sustainability of the congested and rapidly sinking political center of Jakarta prompted the need for a new capital. The relocation was announced Monday by President Joko Widodo. The proposed location, near the relatively underdeveloped cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, is a far cry from the crowded powerhouse which has served as Indonesia’s financial heart since 1949 — and Widodo acknowledged that moving the country’s capital to the island will be a mammoth and expensive undertaking. But Jakarta’s rapid expansion in recent years has presented myriad environmental, economic and safety concerns, prompting the government to look elsewhere and ease the strain on the massive metropolis.Rob Picheta (CNN)

Why long-haul airplanes are getting smaller

We’ve used all of the talents of Airbus to come together on the XLR and really optimize the airplane from a passenger experience perspective. The airplane in terms of systems has been optimized for longer-range flights for up to 10-hour flights, whether it’s [lavatory] holding tanks, water storage or trash.Jeff Knittel (Airbus)

World’s shortest super jumbo A380 flight

Two daily A380 flights between Dubai and Muscat International Airport are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1. The distance between the two cities is just 340 kilometers (211 miles). Fun fact: That’s shorter than the length of all the wiring in the A380, which, according to plane manufacturer Airbus, would stretch over 500 kilometers if laid out end to end.Karla Cripps (CNN)

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