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Travelers' Aid: The Sonic Cruiser, and an Airline Strike Note

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"It looks different than what most airliners look like. It's looks a little bit closer to a Concorde. And as a matter of fact it really resembles most paper airplanes a little bit closer than most airliners. I think it's a very attractive airplane."
Boeing last week introduced its new concept of the future of travel: the Sonic Cruiser. The plane would travel just under the speed of sound, ferry 250 passengers from LA to New York in about four hours.

The design is interesting: It's long and thin. Two large wings sit back on the plane, very close to the tail. Two smaller wings are added up near the nose.

Aeronautical engineer Ken Blackburn maintains that it will fly. But will it fly in the bottom-line business of commercial air travel?


Here's another airline strike note: Last week Northwest signed a tentative deal with its mechanics, which means one down, three to go. American, Delta and United still have potentially hazardous labor issues.

If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call us at 888-SAV-TRAV.

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