The Air Current

There’s romance on the edge of the bell curve. How many articles can you remember about the engineering effort that goes into connecting Baltimore and Orlando? No knock on either city, but the route has about as much sex appeal as the family trip to Disney World. Far more is invested in the heart of a market, but what about the 9,188 nautical miles that separate Sydney and London? Qantas’ Project Sunrise – named for the pair of sunrises a passenger would witness on the 21-hour journey – has generated no fewer than 1,200 news stories on the topic.

Not since the market duel between the questionably-successful passenger hauling 777-200LR and the A340-500 has there been a face-off between Airbus and Boeing to win superlative rights claiming the tiny corner of the performance envelope.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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