What we’re reading: UA’s inaugural 787 flight, national parks fee-free time, Norwegian plane interrupts landing

by Stephanus Surjaputra on November 5, 2012

United Airlines plans first 787 Dreamliner flight Sunday

After receiving certification from the FAA for its Boeing 787, United took the plane on its maiden voyage from Houston to Chicago on Sunday.

Chicago-based United, a unit of United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL), said its first Dreamliner flight will depart Houston for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 6:20 a.m. MST Sunday.

National parks are fee-free November 10-12

A number of national parks will be fee-free from November 10 through November 12 in honor of Veterans Day.

Over the past few years, the fee-free days in the national parks have become incredibly popular with visitors, and 2012 has been no exception. The Park Service hasn’t announced its fee-free dates for 2013 just yet, and next weekend is the final opportunity to take advantage of this option for this year. It seems like it’ll be the perfect time to load up the car with friends and family and visit your favorite park or explore a new one.

Norwegian plane interrupts landing to avoid overtime

A Norwegian plane had to turn around to avoid overtime despite the fact that it was on final descent.

Company Wideroe, a regional carrier owned by Scandinavian airline SAS, said that the last-minute decision was based on Norway’s strict working time regulations.

“Unfortunately, the plane took off with a crew that was about to clock out. We have strict working hours that are imposed by the authorities, which we cannot exceed,” a spokesman for the company, Richard Kongsteien, told the paper.

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