Great Moments in Travel History – October 2015

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DSC_0697On October 28, 1990, United Airlines agreed to buy Pan American World Airways’ London routes for $400 million.  The deal gave United Pan Am’s gateways in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Seattle. Pan Am sold the remainder of its route network the following year and ceased operations on December 4, 1991.

The formal go-ahead was given for the Boeing 777 jet transport on October 29, 1990, with an initial order by United Airlines of 34 airplanes and 34 options.  The 777 was the first jetliner to be 100% designed using computers.

On October 28, 1995, the world’s deadliest metro disaster occurred when a train caught fire in the subway system of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Nearly 300 people died in the incident, and an additional 265 were injured.

On October 30, 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990, having departed earlier in the day from Los Angeles, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on its way to Cairo, Egypt, killing all 217 people on board.  The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board reported that a pilot intentionally caused the crash, while Egyptian authorities maintained that the crash was the result of mechanical failure.

The Linate Airport disaster occurred on October 8, 2001, when a Scandinavian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-87 collided with a Cessna Citation CJ2 in Milan, Italy. All 110 people onboard the MD-87, as well as the four onboard the Cessna and four people on the ground, were killed in the accident.

On October 3, 2004, Donald W. Douglas Jr., former president of the Douglas Aircraft Company, died at age 87.

Boeing marked the completion of its 757 commercial airplane program as the 1,050th and final 757 rolled off the production line on October 28, 2004.  The aircraft has a two-member crew glass cockpit, a conventional empennage, and supercritical wing design.

On October 22, 2005, Bellview Airlines Flight 210 crashed shortly after taking off from Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. All 117 people onboard the Boeing 737-200 perished in the crash.

The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte property, opened in Munich, Germany on October 4, 2007.  Sir Rocco’s father, the late Lord Charles Forte, is the hotel’s namesake.

Boeing delivered its first South Carolina-built Dreamliner on October 5, 2012, to Air India. The aircraft was assembled at the plane manufacturer’s North Charleston facility, and was Boeing’s 28th Dreamliner delivered.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu opened its doors on October 11, 2013. The hotel was built on the site of a former palace overlooking Tianfu Square in the center of the city. Chengdu is the Chinese terminus of the ancient Southern Silk Road and one of China’s fastest growing cities.

On October 21, 2013, a judge formally approved American Airlines’ plan for reorganization after the carrier’s stay in bankruptcy court.

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