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Great Moments in Travel History – September 2014

The Boeing 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened its doors in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened its doors on September 4, 1904.  At the time, Astor also owned half of the Waldorf-Astoria.  It’s known for its iconic …

Airbus Books 90 Orders On Final Day at Farnborough Airshow

Airbus Books 90 Orders On Final Day at Farnborough Airshow

Airbus reported an additional 90 orders on Thursday as the Farnborough International Airshow continued.
Hong Kong Aviation Capital, an aircraft leasing company, signed a firm order with Airbus for a total of 70 A320neo family aircraft. The order is divided into 40 A320neo and 30 A321neo jets.
Transaero Airlines, the second largest airline in Russia, ordered 20 A330 aircraft, including 12 of the newly-announced A330neo wide-body planes.  Transaero is the first European …

AirAsia X Signs as Launch Customer for 50 Airbus A330-900neo Planes

AirAsia X Signs as Launch Customer for 50 Airbus A330-900neo Planes

AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of AirAsia, became a launch customer for the new A330-900neo on Tuesday, when it signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 50 of the aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow. The carrier is expected to start taking delivery of the planes in 2018.
The A330-900neo is a member of the Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A330-800neo.  The new plane is an upgrade of the …

Airbus’ Upgraded A330 Wins Additional Orders

Airbus’ Upgraded A330 Wins Additional Orders

Airbus said it won additional commitments from several lessors for its revised A330 wide-body jet on Tuesday, the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow.
Dublin-based Avolon, an aircraft lessor, signed a memorandum of understanding for 15 of the just introduced A330neo planes.  Airbus said Avolon will also be a launch customer for the A330neo.
In addition, CIT Aerospace, an aircraft financing and leasing company, ordered 15 upgraded A330 jets along with …

Airbus to Offer 3D Movies on New A330neo Jet

Airbus to Offer 3D Movies on New A330neo Jet

Passengers who fly on Airbus’ upgraded A330neo aircraft, scheduled to take to the air starting in 2017, will reportedly be able to watch 3D movies while in flight.
Airbus, which announced the revamped model of its most popular wide-body plane on Monday, said it will include the ability to play 3D movies on seatback screens as part of the plane’s new in-flight entertainment system.
The A330neo will also include improved high-definition video …

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Airbus announced that Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation will be the initial launch customer for the upgraded A330neo wide-body aircraft on Monday.
Air Lease said it had signed a memorandum of understanding for 25 A330neo planes as well as for 60 of the narrow-body A321neo jets.
“When a leading lessor, ALC, is the first to sign up for a new aircraft, it’s a loud and clear signal that you’ve got it right, …

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

On the eve of the start of the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, Airbus is said to be discussing advanced plans for an upgraded A330 with potential customers.
The new A330 would be an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.  It would be 14% more fuel efficient, according to various reports, and have far greater range.  The news was first reported in the Wall Street …