Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner Changing How Passengers Travel Around the World


SEATTLE, March 29, 2007 — The world’s longest-range commercial jetliner, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] 777-200LR Worldliner (Longer Range), marks its first year in revenue service this month. With several airlines scheduled to take delivery of new Worldliners this year, the newest 777 to enter service is set to change how passengers travel by offering airlines more flexibility to serve the nonstop routes that passengers demand.

Austrian Airlines in Colour


In a recent FIRE News posting, we used a Tai Boeing 777 image to head up a story on Austrian Airlines.

FIRE News is posted by volunteers using news releases and research as rapidly as it comes to the duty editors’ newsdesk. We try to use the most appropriate image in our news library, but don’t have time to search for a new image, hence an image of the correct type of airplane but in the colours of another airline.

As Herta kindly took the time to email us an image of an airliner in Austrian Airlines colours, here it is.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Delivers First Aircraft


WICHITA, Kan. (March 28, 2007) – Just two days after the launch of the new company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation delivered its first aircraft to commercial and government customers. A Beechcraft Bonanza G36 was delivered to Vic Flegler and the keys to a new T-6A Texan II primary trainer were handed to Capt. Brent Looby and Capt. Matt Pearce (USMC) from Vance Air Force Base.

Even Peddal-Power Needs Your Help


The epic x360 expedition to circumnavigate the world is preparing for the final two legs of the expedition. It is hoped to complete the journey during 2007 but funding is still required. If you wish to help them, further details are available from

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The penultimate leg from Djibouti to Istanbul will be completed by by bikes.

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The final leg will be overland to the Chanel and then by pedal boat Moksa to the British coastand up the River Thames to complete the epic at Greenwich.



Tony Bullimore, 68, has been on standby for his attempt at Ellen
MacArthur’s solo circumnavigation record for so long that we’d almost
forgotten about him. He and his team have been in Hobart, Tasmania, for three months, waiting for a suitable weather window to try and break the round-the-world speed record set in February 2005 by Ellen aboard her trimaran B&Q.



A spectacular final day brought the ISAF Grade 2/3 Pharo Regata-Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week to a close, with double Spanish victory in the Medal Races. After getting the better of Miami winner Gustavo Lima (POR) in the Laser, Javier Hernandez (ESP) was crowned absolute winner of the Pharo Regatta and awarded the International Ciutat de Barcelona Trophy.



What would you do in a day? Where would you spend it? A day can fly by without you even noticing. Would that day fly by just as fast if you were in a small boat, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in the blistering heat? Would that day fly by as if you were worried about the likelihood of tropical storms? Would that day fly by as fast if you knew that ahead of you was another 70-100 days just like this one? Maybe not, but this is exactly what Rachel Smith and Lin Griesel will be experiencing as they embark on a challenge of a lifetime.