AIRLINES: Transatlantic Twins

When Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927, his Spirit of St. Louis plane had only one engine. But since 1939 all passenger aircraft crossing the Atlantic have been equipped with at least three. That is about to change. TWA announced last week that starting in April, it will fly from St. Louis to Paris and Frankfurt in twin-engine Boeing 767s. The airline will be the first to take advantage of a proposed change in Federal Aviation Administration rules permitting twin-engine commercial planes to make the crossing.

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