5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 6, 2014
Another weekend is here. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler stories you might not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five picks that should be on your list:
1.) The results of the 2014 Air Travel Pet Peeves poll are in and, for a third year running, insufficient legroom captured the top spot as the number one peeve that irritates frequent flyers, while two other peeves involving personal space rounded out the top three. See our report for the full rankings.
2.) Jonathan Spira reports on his stay at the rather tall Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in London, where he enjoyed unlimited views of the city and excellent service, as well as a golf simulator..
3.) Over the past two weeks, three flights around the country have been diverted and passengers removed due to arguments over seat reclining, sparking new debate over etiquette and personal space 35,000 feet in the air. Reclining seats ranked third in our list of the top air travel pet peeves this year.
4.) Karin Sun takes a stroll through the city of Versailles, the seat of France’s monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Tour the splendid château and gardens, explore the many small shops and patisseries along Rue de la Paroisse, and sample some of the city’s delicious crêpe offerings.
5.) Jesse Sokolow recalls key moments in travel history for the month of September. These include the opening of Chicago’s Palmer House hotel, the debut of the Boeing 747, and the inaugural flight of Air Canada’s predecessor, Trans-Canada Air.
Because it was a busy week for news, here are a few more stories that might catch your interest:
The world’s oldest active flight attendant retired this past Saturday after 63 years on the job. Ninety-year-old Robert Reardon, a Delta Air Lines crew member from Minnesota, also holds the record for the longest career as a flight attendant.
Boeing predicts that China will be the world’s largest market for aircraft by 2033. Chinese airlines are expected to take delivery of 6,020 new jets over the next two decades, and will drive the demand for smaller, single-aisle planes in particular.
Finally, the dollar hit one-year highs against the euro and the Japanese yen on Tuesday, a signal that the U.S. economy has been growing stronger. The dollar also made gains against the British pound and the Swiss franc.
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