Great Moments in Travel History – February 2013

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American Airlines new 777-300ER on Jan. 31 at DFW

American Airlines new 777-300ER at DFW

The Boeing 757-200, a mid-sized, twin-engine jetliner, made its first flight on February 19, 1982.  The aircraft was the original version of the 757.  Boeing delivered the 1,000th 757 on February 14, 2002.

The first Boeing 767-300ER was delivered to American Airlines on February 19, 1988.  The plane had an increased range over earlier 767s, made possible by larger fuel tankage.

McDonnell Douglas produced its 10,000th aircraft, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet, on February 10, 1993.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 commercial transport made its first flight on February 22, 1993.

On February 9, 1997, the first Next Generation Boeing 737, a 737-700, made its inaugural flight.  The aircraft  was based on the 737-300, and it eventually replaced the -300 in Boeing’s lineup.

The 777-300ER completed its first flight on February 24, 2003.  The aircraft, a stretched version of the 777-200, is a long-range, widebody, twin-engine jet airliner that can seat up to 550 passengers. It has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,690 kilometers).

On February 23, 2004, Singapore Airlines became the first customer for the Boeing Airplane Health Management service, an in-flight airplane monitoring system that helps airlines reduce flight-schedule interruptions.

The first 777-200LR Worldliner, at the time the world’s longest range commercial airplane, was rolled out in Everett, Washington, on February 15, 2005.  The aircraft can carry 301 passengers up to 9,420 nautical miles.  It was certified for passenger service on February 2, 2006.

The 5,000th Boeing 737 came off the production line on February 13, 2006.  The 737 is the most-produced large commercial jet airplane in aviation history.

Pakistan International Airlines became the first airline to fly the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner on February 27, 2006.  The airline offered direct, nonstop flights from Toronto to Karachi in March of that year.

Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, and GE Aviation conducted the first commercial aviation flight using a sustainable biomass-to-liquid fuel mixed with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel on February 24, 2008.  The fuel blend included oils from Babassu nuts extracted from indigenous Brazilian plants, as well as from coconuts from the Philippines.

On February 29, 2008, Boeing delivered the first widebody 777-200LR for a U.S. carrier to Delta Air Lines, as well as the 700th 777, a 777-300ER, to International Lease Finance Corp. and its customer, Cathay Pacific Airways.

The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas reopened as Dolce’s Ravella at Lake Las Vegas on February 11, 2011.

On February 29, 2012, the W Paris – Opera Hotel opened in Paris.  The property was the first W hotel in France.

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