Fewer delays at Chicago O'Hare, faster security lines and in-flight Internet access are among innovations and improvements travelers can expect in 2008. Boeing's 787 is scheduled to make its first test flight next year.
Domestic airlines are poised to post a profit next year, Air Transport Association Chief Economist John Heimlich said. He projects profits of $5 billion in 2007, up from $3 billion in 2006. Heimlich also noted that several carriers have taken steps to lower non-fuel costs.
A pilot shortage is forcing some airlines to cancel flights and lower experience requirements for new hires, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. He notes the legislation passed last week that boosts the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots from 60 to 65 may slow the number of pilots that large airlines are hiring away from smaller carriers.