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Transportation for the President of the United States

Have you ever wondered how the President of the United States gets from one place to another? How about the cost of that transportation? Today, we are going to break it all down for you, so you do not need to wonder any longer!

Now, you know that the President is a very important person and any minute that he is exposed to the public can become dangerous. Therefore, every single detail of his transport must be planned out to the second.

One of the most often used modes of transportation is the Presidential Motorcade. There are between forty and fifty vehicles involved and at least one hundred people. The route car leads a bunch of motorcycles before the lead car. Their job is to clear off the roads, so the motorcade can go through without an issue. The local police department takes care of the beginning part, so there are fewer vehicles involved in the true motorcade.

The main part of the motorcade contains two limos, but no one will ever know which one the President is riding in. Both limos are bulletproof and the only window that opens is the one on the driver’s side. Inside the limos are many different types of guns, oxygen tanks, and two pints of the President’s type of blood.

The Secret Service sits in the other cars within the motorcade and if you look closely at these cars when they are passing by, you will see that some cars have the Secret Service members sitting facing the back. They hold guns, so they can take care of threats if they occur.
An ambulance follows the Presidential Motorcade just in case there is an emergency along the way. Police cars also follow the motorcade, so no one can speed up and enter the pack.

The motorcades are only used for trips up to thirty minutes in length, due to the danger that is present with them. Any trips that are longer distances will have the President riding in Marine One.

Marine One is a helicopter, but not a specific one. The name is used for any helicopter the President is currently on and there are usually thirty-five that can be used at any given time. Once the helicopter gets up in the air, it is automatically surrounded by at least five identical helicopters, so no one truly knows which one the President is on.

Most of the helicopter rides that the President takes are to Andrews Air Force Base, which is where their plane, Air Force One, is located. There are two airplanes that are normally used as Air Force One, but another plane could be used as well.

Did you know that it only takes approximately one hour for the President of the United States to go from Washington DC to New York City? That includes a trip from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base via Marine One, the flight to New York City on Air Force One, the helicopter ride to where the motorcade will take the President to their final location, and the motorcade ride itself. It’s completely amazing!

Now, let’s break down the costs:

Air Force One flight time per hour: $206,337

Marine Force One flight time per hour: This isn’t as much of public knowledge as the flight above, but it averages around $2,199.

Other Helicopters Involved with Marine One flight per hour: $3,180

Massive Military Plane for Transporting Marine One helicopters per hour: $100,941

On average, it costs more than three hundred billion dollars to transport the President of the United States every year, which is about a quarter of the White House’s annual budget.

This is a huge number, but it is necessary to keep the President safe while they are in office.

Did you know all this?

If you didn’t, you do now!

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Airlines and the Fallout from COVID 19: What Aircrafts are No Longer in Service

It is not surprising that airlines are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, because not too many people are traveling. What may surprise people though is that some airlines have retired certain aircrafts permanently. While we do not know what this will mean for future flights, we can share which aircrafts have been grounded permanently.

What Aircrafts are No Longer in Service After the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID 19 Fallout

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines was not supposed to retire its MD-88s and MD-90s until a much later date, but they are now exiting by the beginning of June. By the end of this year, all their Boeing 777-200s, of which there are eighteen of, will be retired. This is how big the Covid 19 fallout.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

American Airlines

American Airlines was planning on retiring many different aircrafts by the end of this year, but they are moving up their timeline now. The aircrafts they are retiring include all their Embraer E190s, Boeing 757s, Boeing 767s, Airbus 330-300s, and Bombardier CRJ200s.

American Airlines Boeing 757 passing over Maho Beach
American Airlines Boeing 757 passing over Maho Beach with tourists posing for photos enjoying vacations. Airplane registered N200UU on final approach.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines will be retiring all their B777-200/ER aircrafts. While some of them are in Alice Springs, NT, Australia right now, they will be moved to their final destination once it is safe.

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is starting to retire some of its fleet. They are starting with all their A319s, as well as three of the six of their B767-300s. In 2022, the rest of this airline’s Dash 8 fleet will be retired.

Air Transat

Air Transat was not supposed to retire its last A310 until its last scheduled flight at the end of April. However, COVID-19 wreaked havoc on those plans and caused this airline to retire it early.

Air Canada

Air Canada is currently retiring seventy-nine of its aircraft. The retired aircrafts include Boeing 767s, Airbus 319s, and the Embraer 190s.

Covid 19 fallout on Air Canada
Air Canada Boeing 767-375 (ER) takes off from Schiphol Airport.

IAG Group

The IAG Group will be focusing on the possibility of retiring their BA B747s and their A340s early. No final decision has been made, but the prospects of keeping them up in the air are slim.

British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane London Heathrow airport (LHR) OneWorld special livery in the United Kingdom.
British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane London Heathrow airport (LHR) OneWorld special livery in the United Kingdom.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Airlines recently announced that they will be retiring all their B747-400s and A330-200s. They also retired their last A340-600 at the end of March.

Air France

The A380s of Air France are no longer in service. These aircraft have been slowly retired since the beginning of January, but the speed has been ramping up with the current circumstances.

This Airbus A380-861 type code A388 is Operation by Air France. The registration number is F-HPJG. Take off from Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport).
This Airbus A380-861 type code A388 is Operation by Air France. The registration number is F-HPJG. Take off from Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport).

KLM

KLM recently retired all their Boeing 747-400s, which was a year earlier than planned. There are still three of these aircraft in flight, but they are only being used to transport cargo over to Shanghai.

A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400 taking off on April 21, 2015 in Amsterdam. KLM is the largest airline of the Netherlands with its hub at Amsterdam airport.
A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400 taking off on April 21, 2015 in Amsterdam. KLM is the largest airline of the Netherlands with its hub at Amsterdam airport.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is planning to use less aircraft in the near future and that is why they have been retiring many different aircrafts. Their Airbus A320s are being phased out, as are some of their Airbus A380s, Boeing 747-400s, and Airbus 340-300s. Some of these may end up returning in the future, but for now they are listed on the retired list.

There will be fewer aircraft in the sky once travel fully resumes after COVID-19 and it is unknown how long that will be the case. However, we do know that these aircrafts will be retired, and that new aircraft will be needed if, and when, these airlines determine they need more planes in the sky.

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American Airlines Best First and Business Class Areas

Anyone that flies regularly knows that there is a huge difference in airline seats and that it is worthwhile to spend a few extra dollars with the right airlines to be comfortable through an entire flight. They also know that they have been taken advantage of a few times and had some of the worst seats available, even though they paid extra for a premium seat.

An airline’s seat will vary depending on the aircraft and where it is located on the plane, and frequent flyers know which ones are the best and which ones are the worst.

LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.
LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.

New American Flag-ship First Class

The first-class cabin on the 777-300ER only has eight seats, so you would think that a person would have a lot of privacy. Unfortunately, this is not the case, but passengers do have the option of turning their seat to face the window. While this option is the most spacious, we rank it second due to the lack of privacy.

B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

These comfortable seats can be found on Boeing 787-9 and 777-200, just not every one, so it can be a gamble when choosing – be sure to check Seatguru for help understanding what configuration your flight will have. What they offer in comfort and privacy is slightly negated by the fixed IFE monitor that makes it extremely difficult to watch a movie while fully reclined and can make some feel.

Reverse Herringbone international business class

The reverse herringbone might be the best seat that American Airlines offers, and passengers can find it within business class on the 777-300 and first class on some configurations of the Airbus 321. The seats are comfortable whether a person is using them for sitting or have them opened completely flat for sleeping. There’s some personal storage available and a decent amount of privacy for anyone who is traveling alone.

MIAMI, FL -24 JAN 2017- Inside the Business Class cabin on an American Airlines flight. AA is gradually replacing these seats with a new American Airlines Flagship experience cabin.
MIAMI, FL -24 JAN 2017- Inside the Business Class cabin on an American Airlines flight. AA is gradually replacing these seats with a new American Airlines Flagship experience cabin.

Old Flagship first class – Boeing 777-300

These old first-class seats are going to be difficult to find shortly, as American Airlines is phasing them out, and that is a good thing. While they did offer access to the aisle from any seat, we found they lack privacy. That said, they certainly provided an excellent night’s sleep.

767-300 New Business Class

All passengers sitting in this section will have access to the aisle and their seats will fully recline, but when they do the seats are quite close to the floor. The storage space and two outlets are nice features, but the missing entertainment system is an issue. Passengers do receive a tablet for overseas flights, but not for domestic flights.

Empty first class window and aisle seat during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airline industry struggles as Americans are told to stay home to slow the spread of the disease.
Empty first class window and aisle seat during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airline industry struggles as Americans are told to stay home to slow the spread of the disease.

Zodiac Business Class

These seats can be found on 777-200 and 787-8 aircrafts and they are set up in a 1-2-1 configuration with the inner two seats facing the opposite way of the other two. This gives passengers quite a bit of privacy, but the seats are very narrow.

Premium Economy

Premium economy is one of the newer seats within American Airlines and it is on the 787-9. The seats are very wide and offer great foot support. The televisions pivot for optimal viewing and there is an outlet and USB port for everyone’s charging needs. Need a comparison? It’s much like flying internationally in a domestic first-class seat. While it’s still not a lie-flat option, it sure beats coach!

LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.
LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.

New Domestic First Class

These new first-class seats leave a lot to be desired and no one will want to be in them for any length of time. The seats do not recline enough and there is no leg support of any kind. A few of the seats have IFE entertainment screens, but most do not. Thankfully these are only on domestic routes, so everyone can manage for a few hours.

There are plenty of exceptional seating options available when flying with American Airlines, which is great news for passengers. Everyone will want to make sure that they know their options when flying and try to book their seats on an aircraft that has a configuration that works best for them.

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What You Must Know About Budget Airlines

Budget airlines are on every continent, but did you know that these airlines made their debut over in Europe? There are still more budget airlines in that part of the world over anywhere else. Their costs are significantly cheaper than regular airlines in Europe, which is quite different than the small savings you will see in the US or on other continents.

People boarding to Ryanair plane on Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk. Ryanair operates over 300 aircraft and is the biggest low-cost airline company in Europe.
People boarding to Ryanair plane on Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk. Ryanair operates over 300 aircraft and is the biggest low-cost airline company in Europe.

Most budget airlines place bulk orders when they order new airplanes, because that allows them to save a lot of money since they are getting such a steep discount. While these airlines could purchase older planes, they see a bigger savings with the new ones, due to the fuel efficiency and fewer necessary repairs.

Low cost carrier, Air Asia, taking off.
Low cost carrier, Air Asia, taking off.

All the employees of these budget airlines only need to go through training for the one type of aircraft the company uses. Instead of ordering five of one type of plane, ten of another, and so forth, the company simply orders one kind and uses it for every flight they have. This saves a bunch of time and money.

The flight attendants perform multiple tasks including cleaning the plane and taking tickets at the gate. This means fewer employees are needed to get every job completed.

When you take a budget airline flight, you probably notice that they normally do not fly into the larger airports in Europe. This is due to the higher costs of flying into those areas, so they choose to fly into the cheaper airports that are a little further from your destination. They will fly to regular airports on occasion, but it will be at the least popular times.

All budget airlines have very little downtime in between flights, so they are making more money every day. Time in the air is more profitable than time spent on the ground. Connections are also not usually available with budget airlines, because they do not have the employees to transfer the bags.

EasyJet Airbus A320 airplanes at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) in Germany. Airbus is a European aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France.
EasyJet Airbus A320 airplanes at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) in Germany. Airbus is a European aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France.

Many regular airlines have tried to jump on the budget airline bandwagon but have failed. They simply do not have the number of planes required, or the number of destinations, to make a company like this work.

Various low-budget airline aircraft parked at the terminal of Eindhoven-Airport.
Various low-budget airline aircraft parked at the terminal of Eindhoven-Airport.

Over in Europe, Ryanair and EasyJet have smashed the competition with their budget airline model, making it quite difficult for anyone else to break through in that part of the world. Only time will tell if the budget airlines within the US, mainly Allegiant and Frontier, will be as successful one day or if they will fall prey to the budget airline curse.

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Flying High In Style: The Battle Between Boeing & Airbus

Airlines are always vying for the customer’s attention.

And when it comes to innovation, airlines have found that when they’re trying something innovative, customers will certainly pay attention.

Boeing and Airbus have been battling it out to try and trying to out bid each other when it comes to the innovation of the aircraft carriers that transport us in our travels. They’re both trying to conquer traveling faux pas (chilly air, uncomfortable seats, tiny windows) and deliver the ultimate in passenger comfort.

Does one airline come out more on top? Is it safe to say there is a winner?

Let’s first break it down.

Between Airbus and Boeing, both of these are long range, wide-bodied, twin-engine aircrafts hoping to transport customers long distances.

The Airbus A380 is a super-jumbo plane that is capable of transporting, depending on how the layout is configured, 550 to 800 passengers.

An Emirates Airbus A380-800 super jumbo, the largest passenger aircraft in the world is waiting for passengers and loading at London Heathrow terminal 3 during sunset
An Emirates Airbus A380-800 super jumbo, the largest passenger aircraft in the world is waiting for passengers and loading at London Heathrow terminal 3 during sunset.

While this spaciousness on a flight sounds like a dream, travelling alongside 550 to 800 people could sound like, to some, trying to leave the parking lot after a rock concert let out.

Think of the Airbus A380 like a double-decker bus in the sky. The two decks span the entire length of the plane and inside, it’s quite spacious. On some planes, there are showers, on-board bars, anti-turbulence systems, cool mood lighting, and the atmosphere is whisper quiet. There is also a tail camera in place that is viewable from your very own seat.

Emirates Airline flight attendant. Emirates first class. Onboard food, dining. Luxury travel. Airbus A380. First class suite.
Emirates Airline flight attendant. Emirates first class. Onboard food, dining. Luxury travel. Airbus A380. First class suite.

The case, though, is that in economy, seating can be quite dense. Cabin pressure does not fare as well as on the 787 and the 350.

Boeing’s 787 is fundamentally something different. Their vision has been invested in creating, designing, and building an airplane that transports passengers in the utmost comfort. They hope to make the ultimate in comfort and travel cost-effective and as affordable as possible.

Japan Airlines (also know as JAL) Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner taxiing in airport seen from above. Long haul flights to Haneda and Narita Airport. Aircraft aerial view.
Japan Airlines (also know as JAL) Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner taxiing in airport seen from above. Long haul flights to Haneda and Narita Airport. Aircraft aerial view.

The Dreamliner, as Boeing refers to the 787, offers better air pressure, humidity, and larger windows for viewing pleasure. Windows also have neat “tinting” shades, though they don’t completely black out. The bathrooms are often equipped with windows, which somehow just seems extraordinary and plain special. Cabin lighting is exceptional, the atmosphere is quiet, and there is also an anti-turbulence system in place.

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner economy class cabin and inflight entertainment system (IFE) at London's Heathrow
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner economy class cabin and inflight entertainment system (IFE) at London’s Heathrow.

The realities of plane configuration means that adding in more standing headroom, larger windows, sizable bathrooms, and working to adjust humidity rates to be higher than the bone-suck-chill of normal aircraft, can be at times like working against the flow. The shape of planes dictate the size of the bathrooms. So does the number of seats. Should you cram them in there or offer a little more leg room?

The number of seats (comfort as an option or not) dictates, depending on ticket prices, how much money the airline makes when the flight is at full capacity. Comfort in the world of Boeing means asking paying customers what they’d like to see change. What could make the flight more pleasant? It all comes down to the interior design of the airplane.

All in all, the Airbus design seems to be something more innovative. Changing the culture of airline travel involves dreaming big, pushing the boundaries, and giving the risky ideas their own chance to fly.

Let us know if you knew the battle between Boeing & Airbus or if you were completely surprised with this list.