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Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of First Ever Airbus A350 XWB

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of First Ever Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus announced the delivery of its first ever A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways on Monday.
The A350 is the first all-new Airbus model since the double-decker A380 jumbo jet debuted back in 2005. It is longer and wider than the existing A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, is 25% more efficient.
With the delivery, Qatar Airways becomes the …

Azul Brazilian Airlines Places Order for 35 A320neos

Azul Brazilian Airlines Places Order for 35 A320neos

Azul Brazilian Airlines announced an order for 35 Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The carrier plans to use the planes to serve long-haul and high-density routes in its network, including Campinas-Salvador and Campinas-Recife, Brazil.
The A320neo planes will incorporate many innovations by including the latest generation engines and large Sharklet wingtip devices.  By the first day, Airbus promises these innovations to cut back on fuel usage by 15%.  By 2020, the company promises …

Frontier Airlines Places Order for 9 A321ceos

Frontier Airlines Places Order for 9 A321ceos

Frontier Airlines and Airbus announced an order for nine A321ceo aircraft. The A321ceo is the “current engine option” model of the plane.
The single-aisle planes will come with sharklet wing tip devices and will be 4% more fuel efficient than current jets.  They also have an extended range of up to 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers).
The airline has not yet announced what its engine selection or seat configuration for the new …

Delta Places Order for 50 Airbus Widebodies

Delta Places Order for 50 Airbus Widebodies

Several days after the news was leaked, Delta Air Lines and Airbus announced an order for 25 A350-900s and 25 A330-900neos.
The A350-900 is part of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, which can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout.  It has a carbon fuselage and new wings, and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, all of which contribute to a 25% fuel burn reduction.
As of …

IndiGo Places Record Order for 250 Airbus Aircraft

IndiGo Places Record Order for 250 Airbus Aircraft

IndiGo, a low cost Indian carrier, announced an order for 250 Airbus A320neo planes. The purchase, valued at approximately $25.7 billion dollars at list price, is the largest single order of aircraft that Airbus has received.
The order includes purchase rights for an additional 100 A320 aircraft.
IndiGo is scheduled to take delivery of the planes between 2018 and 2026.
The low cost carrier purchased 100 A320s in 2005 and 180 A320neos in …

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Concurrent with the delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo, Etihad Airways unveiled a new livery design at the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday.
The carrier’s first Airbus A380 was outfitted with the new design that Etihad is calling “Facets of Abu Dhabi.”
The airline says that the new look uses a palette that reflects the various colors of the landscape of the United Arab Emirates.  The national emblem …