Visitors flock to the Eiffel Tower as it celebrates turning 130

It has been a drama-filled week for the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most iconic structure. It started with a series of celebrations to mark 130 years since the tower was built and ended with the iconic structure on lockdown after a man was caught scaling the outside.

Boeing Wins Air New Zealand Contract

According to Reuters, Air New Zealand Ltd has decided to buy wide-body planes from Boeing Company ending an 18 month battle between the U.S. aircraft manufacturer and European rival Airbus. The final choices under consideration were the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.

The airline has been considering replacing eight Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (the average age of them is 13.4 years) in a deal worth over $2 billion at list prices, though carriers typically receive steep discounts.

American Suspends 737 “Refresh” Program

American Airlines has gotten a lot of flak for the way in which they’ve been configuring their narrow body aircraft.

This started with the Boeing 737 MAX, as American configured these with more seats than the 737-800. As a result, American’s cabins are not only tighter, but the seats are also quite uncomfortable. In particular in first class the new seats are much less comfortable than the old ones.